12:10pm – 12:50pm: Panel Session 2 – Urban Energy Transitions

The urban as a scale and as a process is at the core of the transition to low-carbon futures. Cities are key spaces for global population and energy consumption trends, and therefore local energy transitions are imperative for achieving long-term global mitigation goals and to avoid dangerous climate change. To complicate things further, existing and emerging energy-related inequalities and vulnerabilities require the decarbonisation of urban economies to be accomplished while ensuring the provision of adequate levels of energy services for all. Against this background, the session aims to identify key obstacles in achieving low-carbon, socially just urban energy systems, and to evaluate innovative solutions ranging from technical and behavioural interventions to transformative scenarios in which the fundamentals of energy provision and consumption are re-examined.

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