The global energy needs are set to increase 40% by 2030. In response, the EU Energy Union recognises the importance of putting cities and regions central in making energy more secure, affordable and sustainable. European cities are searching for innovative ways of meeting the energy demands, whilst responding to citizens needs. Smart technologies are increasingly considered as appropriate solutions to improve citizens’ life quality and respond to the EU climate and energy ambitions.
Energy provision an usage are core elements in the quest for a smart city. But the question arises whether a smart city can also be a sustainable city. What role can, and should, smart technologies play in the search for improved energy efficiency and quality of life in a city? What are the opportunities and limitations of new technologies for urban energy transformation? And what is the role of social innovation and citizen engagement?
These topics will be at the heart of the discussion at the Local Renewables Conference 2016. The conference will bring together leading and learning cities, policy-makers from European and national governments, businesses, research and finance institutions, and will showcase practical and innovative examples of how to reduce energy use, as well as how to make best use of energy sources in the region. For more information visit the conference website on www.local-renewables-conference.org.