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Redesigning urban infrastructures for a low-emission future : an overview of urban low-carbon technologies

  • Preventing the worst consequences of climate change would require that GHG emissions be reduced to levels near zero by the middle of the century. To respond to such a daunting challenge, we need to rethink and redesign the currently highly energy-dependent infrastructures of industrial societies and particularly the urban infrastructures to become low- or even zero-carbon cities. Sustainable urban infrastructures need technology. In this paper focused on Western European Cities, we discuss a wide set of technologies in the fields of building, energy and transport infrastructures that can significantly contribute to a reduction of energy and/or GHG emissions and are already available or are in the pipeline. Based on the review of a recentPreventing the worst consequences of climate change would require that GHG emissions be reduced to levels near zero by the middle of the century. To respond to such a daunting challenge, we need to rethink and redesign the currently highly energy-dependent infrastructures of industrial societies and particularly the urban infrastructures to become low- or even zero-carbon cities. Sustainable urban infrastructures need technology. In this paper focused on Western European Cities, we discuss a wide set of technologies in the fields of building, energy and transport infrastructures that can significantly contribute to a reduction of energy and/or GHG emissions and are already available or are in the pipeline. Based on the review of a recent study for the city of Munich, we then present how a mix of these technologies could reduce CO2-emissions by up to 90% for the metropolis of 1.3 million inhabitants and that this strategy could be economically attractive despite a high initial investment. All of the residential buildings of a city like Munich could be entirely redesigned for EUR 200 per inhabitant annually, which is about one third of an average annual natural gas bill.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Stefan LechtenböhmerORCiDGND, Claus Barthel, Frank Merten, Clemens Schneider, Dietmar Schüwer, Dieter Seifried
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-35664
Year of Publication:2010
Language:English
Source Title (English):Surveys and perspectives integrating environment and society
Volume:3
Issue:2
First Page:1
Last Page:16
Release Date:2011/11/04
Division:Zukünftige Energie- und Mobilitätsstrukturen
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung