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Lewis, J. Owen and Ní Hógáin, Sadhbh and Borghi, Antonio (2013) Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today. URBACT II Capitalisation. Building energy efficiency in European cities. Project Report. URBACT. (Unpublished)

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Cities can lead in the reduction of CO2 emissions and the fight against climate change. Buildings are the largest energy-consuming sector in the EU, and offer the largest cost-effective opportunity for savings. Relative to almost all other investments, energy efficiency retrofit – installing newer energy efficiency technologies in older buildings – cost-effectively creates more distributed jobs and enhances economic activity, reduces costs for businesses and households of all income levels, reduces emissions and improves energy security. However, considerable intensification in the delivery of ambitious whole-building energy efficiency upgrade programmes is needed. The gaps between consumers’ actual investments in energy efficiency and those that appear to be in the consumer’s own interest demand new approaches to finance which incentivise energy efficiency upgrading. Far too many European households are living in fuel poverty; tackling this is not solely about saving money or reducing the impact of climate change, but has implications for health, child poverty, and educational achievement. As the European building stock is highly diverse, particularly in historic and traditional buildings, there are no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions. Integrated urban strategies provide the means to tackle the various challenges faced by cities. These strategies must link together the social, environmental and economic policy dimensions, connect the various levels of responsible governance, and involve the key stakeholders in the implementation of an energy efficiency policy for each municipal building stock. The scale and extent of the radical changes required are not yet generally appreciated.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy efficiency, European city, built environment, architecture, EU 2020 Strategy, urban dimension of EU cohesion policies, integrated strategies, urban policies, urban regeneration, fuel poverty, energy bill, employment, local economy, local supply chain, innovation, carbon footprint, CO2 emissions, climate change, neighbourhood, life-cycle assessment, embedded energy, local supply chain, eco-restoration, ecomaterials, historic centres, renewable energies, retrofitting, heritage, district heating, financial mechanisms
Subjects: English > Management and Case Studies
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Depositing User: Universitetsadjunkt Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2013 15:13
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 13:24

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