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Cities today are home to half of the world’s population, consume 60-80 percent of the World’s energy resources and produce 70 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change. Cities must play a major role in achieving sustainable development and sustainable consumption. Well planned and managed cities can minimise energy consumption and enable all citizens to consume resources more efficiently.

The challenges for achieving sustainable urban energy systems are energy access, energy sufficiency, energy conservation, energy efficiency, energy demand management and the deployment of renewable energy systems and appropriate technologies. Developing green cities and green economies will need supportive policies, capacity building, knowledge transfer, financial support mechanisms, market stimulation and sensitizing the population, at the regional, national and local level.

The Future We Want, the Rio+20 Outcome Document, highlights the importance of energy in sustainable development and of improving the access to energy for all.

Through the Urban Energy Unit, we are committed to supporting the development of sustainable cities worldwide, with special attention paid to women and youth in developing countries.
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