Urbanisation as an energy challenge
By Mag.ª DI Dr.in Brigitte Bach, MSc, Head of Energy Department – Leiterin des Energie-Departments
According to UN forecasts, around 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030. The challenges of sustainable energy supply, urban planning and mobility for urban regions and metropolitan areas are huge. Cities in Asia and Africa are growing particularly quickly, but Europe, too, must manage the increasing concentration of urban spaces. And rural depopulation is also facing cities in Europe with major challenges including energy supply and environmental protection, climate mitigation and adaption.
AIT is positioning itself as a strong partner to business and the public sector in this field to develop solutions for tomorrow’s smart and resilient cities. Modelling, simulating urban development and energy infrastructure are used to analyse city growth patterns, to determine future infrastructure investment needs and to estimate costs. One such method is to use artificial intelligence for rapid prototyping, allowing complex development scenarios for cities or new districts to be developed, implemented and integrated into (existing) energy concepts.
Local Energy Communities are important partners for energy transition. Those communities facilitate and reward active participation of consumers in the (renewable) energy market, help achieve RES targets, increase the energy system’s flexibility and foster public acceptance of decentralised RES generation.
Objectives are, to boost, where possible, renewable energy exchanges, to encourage the establishment of inter-company smart grids and to increase renewable energy efficiency in participating companies, consumers or the public sector.
#DecarbCities is a conference organised by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)
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