Cities around the world are the biggest consumer of energy, consuming around 75% of the world's primary energy. While this may seem obvious, as they also produce nearly three-quarters of the countries' gross domestic product, and thus require an uninterrupted supply of energy, the implication is that they will be hardest hit by the energy crisis. In this context, their resilience and their ability to adapt and plan quickly will be key. To overcome the crisis, global cities will have to - must - develop new strategic plans. Undoubtedly, this is where the role of urban communities comes in, of citizens called not only to follow up, but also to give shape to the policies put in place by city institutions. The city understood as a living and throbbing entity cannot ignore the driving force of its inhabitants, who must necessarily be part of a shared energy transition process and not immediately.
ISPI's Global Cities Program promotes analyzes and initiatives on the role that Global Cities play at a global and regional level, on their interaction with States and other international actors and on specific objectives pursued also through their network action (from the to climate change to the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030). The new dossier "The Future of Urban Energy: Switching Cities On or Off?", just published by The Global Cities Programme, edited by Tobia Zevi, seeks to investigate how global cities are equipping themselves - if at all - to deal structurally with the energy transition. Greetings and introduction: Luigi Borré, president of EuroMilano Interventions: Tobia Zevi, associate research fellow ISPI Marco Mari, sustainability advisor Moderator: Andrew Spannaus, journalist
The round table will be held in English and will be broadcast live on EuroMilano YouTube channel on thursday September 21st at 12 pm EDT (18 CEST).