CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program
Energizing Sustainable Cities:
Findings from the Global Energy Assessment
with Arnulf Grubler,
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Yale University
(a light lunch will be served – no RSVP, first-come first-served)
Open to the public. Convened as part of the Energy, Climate, and Innovation Research Seminar Series of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher.
Urban systems now house about half of the world’s population, but determine some three quarters of global economic activity and its associated energy use. The twenty-first century will be increasingly urban. Sustainable development therefore needs first to be defined and analyzed, and then realized in urban settings. Energy is one of the key challenges, but also one of the key opportunities in an urban sustainability transition. This lecture will present new data, new analysis, as well as new policy insights drawn from the first comprehensive global assessment of urban energy use and of the specifics of urban energy demand and supply. Major development and sustainability challenges of cities will be assessed and public and private sector opportunities and constraints will be outlined. Technological and policy options will be put in a much needed context in terms of their respective role as drivers of urban energy demand as well as potential for reductions in energy use and associated emissions of local pollutants and greenhouse gases.
Arnulf Grubleris Acting Program Leader of the Transitions to New Technologies Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, and is also Professor in the Field of Energy and Technology at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. Prof. Grubler has been serving since 1992 on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), and was Convening Lead Author for three chapters of the Global Energy Assessment completed in 2012, including the chapter on Urban Energy Systems. He is on the editorial boards of Carbon Management and the Journal of Industrial Ecology.