How can cities phase-out fossil fuels from the existing building stock?
The third edition of DecarbCities conference is putting again heating and cooling in cities in the spotlight. 2021 has been a challenging year. We have experienced collectively what a global pandemic is. Let this be a wake-up call and seriously take actions to stop climate change which is already affecting our everyday lives. This pandemic shook the world economies, including the European Union’s, pushing Member States to implement new instruments to guarantee stability and security. In an equally bold way, to tackle climate change, the European Union and its citizens need to redefine what energy stability and security mean. A volatile and unpredictable gas market underlines this urgency to phase-out fossil fuels from our economies. Only a combination of a steep reduction of the energy demand and the massive introduction of diverse, local, and renewable technologies ensures energy security for all. The DecarbCities Forum will showcase how cities can succeed in this challenge and define clear delivery pathways for future-proof urban heating and cooling solutions.
The DecarbCities Forum will provide a platform to present technical and organizational solutions from and for cities, showing a breadth of approaches to replace existing fossil fuel-based combustion technologies with heating systems that use renewable energies and to reduce heat demand. The main aim is to fuel the ongoing debate on national and regional energy and climate plans as well as renovation strategies, as mandated by the European legislation on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building efficiency. A special focus will be given on the discussion of renewable solutions for existing buildings and renovation processes. The overarching governance requirements will be discussed between European, national, and city legislators.
The conference will take place in the stunning MuseumsQuartier: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria.
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the DecarbCities 2022.