Cities are becoming increasingly dependent on resources coming from well beyond their boundaries. When it comes to energy, cities are often heavily reliant on fossil fuels imported from distant regions and on centralized power plants. With an energy transformation based on decentralized renewable energy such as the German Energiewende, the relationship between cities and their hinterlands will inevitably change. Cities will need to be able to create much of the energy they consume from within their boundaries or get this energy directly from their immediate surrounding regions.
This is, in fact, a huge opportunity for cities and municipalities, as highlighted by former German parliamentarian Hans-Josef Fell during our panel discussion at Metropolitan Solutions 2015 in Berlin. It means that cities have the opportunity to not only drastically reduce their environmental impact but also boost their local economy, strengthen the cooperation with their surrounding regions and become increasingly more energy resilient and self-sufficient.
May 28, 2015 No Comments
Ready for some good news? Well, keep reading. I will get to it in a minute, but first, I must say that it is just not easy to be positive these days. We continue burning highly valuable resources such as oil and gas on an unimaginable scale. We keep heating up the planet despite the obvious devastating impacts of climate change. Many countries and regions are suffering from worsening pollution and most of the countries depending on oil and coal imports have no idea how to emancipate themselves from this resource dependency. We are degrading our natural environments at an unprecedented pace and neither our national politicians nor the United Nations seem capable of stopping it. So where is the good news? …continue reading →
May 21, 2015 No Comments
We are on the verge of a profound and urgently necessary shift in the way we produce and consume energy. This shift moves the world away from the consumption of fossil resources that cause climate change toward cleaner, and more renewable forms of energy. Since 2013, the world is adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. …continue reading →
April 27, 2015 1 Comment