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4 June 2014
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Room L5 Sands A 5001 & 5002
The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Ltd. Singapore, East Asian Institute, EU Centre in Singapore and the European Policy Centre organised a panel discussion entitled: ‘Meeting the Energy Demand of Cities’ on Wednesday 4 June 2014, 9.00-12.30 hrs (registration starts at 8.30 hrs) at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Room L5 Sands A 5001 & 5002, Singapore.
This event was part of the EU-Asia Dialogue project which is co-funded and supported by the European Union.
While more than half of today’s human population living in urban areas, many cities have developed into economic and political powerhouses of their respective country. Cities provide a high standard of living and enormous opportunities to people. At the same time, they face huge socio-economic disparities and the growth of urban areas comes at the expense of severe environmental consequences.
Cities are among the biggest polluters, while equally vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Major challenges for urban areas include traffic and congestion, waste management, limited housing space and budgetary constraints. As such, one of the crucial topics is the energy consumption of cities. Growing energy demand has resulted in the building of more power plants and centralized energy production. There is little evidence that this demand is likely to decrease in the near future.
So how can energy be used more efficiently? What impact can decentralized energy production and renewable energies have? How can energy politics help to mitigate the pollution caused by cities? Which comprehensive urban policies are necessary to increase urban resilience? How can planning across the various sectors contribute to eco-friendly urban governance?
These and other relevant issues were discussed by our panel of renowned experts, including Mariko Sato, UN-Habitat, William Tompson, OECD, Bernhard Dohle, Cities Development Initiative for Asia, Louisa Koh, Center for Liveable Cities, Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI, Prof. John Wong and Dr. Zhao Litao, East Asian Institute.