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Energy planning for cities

45 per cent of the global population lives in cities. By 2020, this figure will have risen to more than 62 per cent. National and global climate protection, the need for which is undisputed, is therefore based on the energy consumption and resulting pollutant emissions from our cities and conurbations.

The necessary energy savings and reduction of pollution in cities require a significant increase in energy efficiency. Cities can lay down important framework conditions for this. Examples include land-use plans and the specification of supply structures. In addition, they often have shareholdings in municipal and regional companies such as utilities and housing associations. They indirectly influence the implementation of energy efficiency measures such as, for example, the expansion of district heating or the use of renewable energy sources. And cities can act, of course, as role models and examples when building or refurbishing their own properties.

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