This article was featured in the Q4 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine.
Systems in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific help high-growth cities reduce emissions and conserve resources.
The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. By 2050, 68 percent of the earth’s population will reside in urban areas, up from 55 percent at present, according to a recent United Nations study. This trend poses a variety of challenges to many cities as they try to accommodate the needs of their growing numbers of inhabitants – including in the area of energy. Cities already account for more than 70 percent of worldwide energy consumption and 40 percent to 50 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable energy infrastructure is needed more than ever to deliver these services while mitigating environmental impact.
Kathryn Ramsted, Editorial Associate, District Energy
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