Tackling Heating and Cooling in Cities: What does it take?

Monday, April 3rd: 15:00 - 16:00 - Building 313

HOST: SEforALL District Energy Accelerator

How can we heat and cool our cities without compromising air quality, climate goals, energy security and affordability? Urban leaders are responding to this challenge by embracing a modern approach for supplying energy to their cities. An approach that integrates local renewables, cogeneration plants and district heating and cooling networks in one low-carbon system. 197 nations adopted a New Urban Agenda in Quito last year that recognizes such ‘modern district energy’ networks as a key solution to integrate renewables and efficiency in cities.

The SEforALL ‘District Energy in Cities Initiative’ led by UN Environment, in collaboration with 38 partners, is realizing a district energy project pipeline and associated policies across 33 cities and 7 countries. Join us in this session to meet with countries and cities who will pitch their new policies and projects on district energy systems to technology providers, operators, and investors in the panel and the audience. UN Environment and the Global Environment Facility will present this public-private partnership and how invite new governments and partners can join to accelerate investment in district energy in their cities.

Lily Riahi Advisor on Sustainable Energy in Cities UNEP
Miodrag Grujic Secretariat for Environment Protection, Belgrade, Serbia
Cristian Gutierrez Vice Minister, Ministry of Envrionment Chile
Gina Hall Investment Director Carbon Trust
Dr. Naoko Ishii Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Pierre Loyer Executive Vice President ENGIE Services
Julia Panzer Director of Strategic Communications Danfos
Ibrahim Thiaw Deputy Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)