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Net-Zero Carbon Cities


Urban Transformation: Integrated Energy Solutions Paper

Launched on 6 September 2021, this briefing paper shows how the built environment and mobility can serve as the foundations to kickstart urban transformation and decarbonization anywhere in the world.


NZCC Global Framework Paper

This report provides a global framework and recommends an integrated energy approach as a solution to the current environmental, economic, health and social crises.

Net Zero Cities Integrated Approach Report - World Economic Forum

Key drivers to enable an integrated urban ecosystem

Clean electrification

Clean electrification ignites the entire systemic efficiency concept, moving the biggest energy-using sectors in cities – buildings and mobility – to the electricity vector, while supporting the development of renewables. Electrification unifies sectors with shared connections and enables grid integration throughout.

Ultra-efficient buildings

The combination of efficiency, clean end-use electrification, active energy management, integrated design and digital technologies can significantly reduce building energy consumption and emissions Buildings can provide services to, or benefit from, other sectors, such as mobility and energy, leading to faster decarbonization.

Smart energy infrastructure

A future integrated energy system will be based on high levels of renewables and more robust, digitized and resilient networks. New infrastructure investments will be needed.

Compact cities

Though often harder to quantify than simple asset turnover, improving the efficiency of our urban form is often the lowest cost strategy for reducing emissions throughout the energy sector. If fast-growing cities fail to adopt the right patterns of development now, emissions will be locked in for decades.

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