Fast evolving cities will drive the transformation of the energy
systems, with 60% of humanity expected to live as city-dwellers
in 2030. Cities will use two-thirds of the world’s energy and
produce a similar proportion of global carbon emissions.
CALL FOR PAPERS
This places cities at the heart of the climate change discussion and sustainability. City authorities, planners and utilities are investigating how to develop the electrical infrastructure in a way that supports economic growth and high quality of-life while also integrating more renewable energy sources (RES) than ever before, and radically reducing cities’ impact on the environment.The answer is in the smart city paradigm that leverages data and digital connectivity to rethink the city planning and management for the long-term sustainability and wellbeing of cities.
To scale up rapidly and substantially, most cities will need to increase their focus on decarbonizing buildings, factories with electrification solutions, and smart mobility. In buildings, rooftop solar PV and solar water heating are easy to install and offer significant economic gains. In transport, electric mobility, when powered by renewable sources, reduces air pollution and is increasingly cost competitive.
Electric mobility and RES will be the main drivers for power distribution development. As renewable energy technologies spread, buildings and transport will become increasingly interconnected with the power system as well as the electricity, heat, water and waste management sectors. Thus cities need to plan for integrated urban energy systems, using expertise from multiple sectors from urban planning to waste management. In this context, the digitalization – the increasing interaction and convergence between the digital and physical worlds is crucial for enabling the fast, resilient and sustainable development of cities. Digitalization with the three main areas on Data, Analytics, and Connectivity will inevitably play a key role in the transition towards smart cities.
Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract by 28 February 2020 directly via the Workshop website. Successful authors will be invited to submit a full paper by 3 July 2020.