24 Aprile 2024

Smart cities: sustainable mobility and digitalization as a paradigm to reach net zero

Cities and local communities will be at the centre of the energy transition. Indeed, the implementation of decarbonization plans needs the full involvement of municipalities and local administrations. At the same time, leading the energy transition will be essential to maintain or improve the competitiveness and attractiveness of cities.
More than 800 cities around the world, have pledged to halve their carbon emissions by 2030 and to reach net zero by 2050. These are crucial contributions, because cities, according to UNHABITAT, are responsible for 71 percent to 76 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions due to buildings, transportation, heating, cooling and more, and the proportion of people living in cities is projected to increase for UNDESA, such that an estimated 68 percent of the world’s population will be city dwellers by 2050.
The side event proposed by GSE, represents an important opportunity to discuss models and approaches to decarbonize the urban contexts. The discussion get ideas by the recent Twinning Project with the Albanian Agency for Energy Efficiency, with the potential involvement of the “Tavolo Energia Italia-Albania”. The workshop is an opportunity for outlining the possibility to use this experience in other cities of the Mediterranean countries. A specific focus will be devoted to new technologies in urban areas with a particular focus on digitization and sustainable mobility.


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