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Webinar from Reshape Strategies: Foresight 2030: Climate Pledges and Efforts to Decarbonize Heating and Cooling

By District Energy posted 04-01-2021 08:16


Join Reshape Strategies on April 14th for a panel discussion of city climate pledges and efforts to decarbonize heating and cooling. Hosted by Smart City Sweden and Reshape Infrastructure Strategies

Event Description

The Paris Agreement seeks to keep global temperature increases by the end of this century below 2°C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests a maximum rise of just 1.5 °C to avoid the most significant impacts. 

According to the IPCC, this will require a 45 per cent reduction in net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero by 2050. Immediate and continuous actions are required to reach these ambitious goals.


Over 55% of the global population lives in cities. Cities account for 65% of the world’s energy consumption and 70% its GHG emissions. Most population growth in the next 30 will be in cities. Cities are key actors in mitigating and adapting to climate change. 

Hundreds of cities have already declared climate emergencies, and many have also established targets to be carbon neutral, fossil-free, energy independent, and/or fully renewable by 2050 or before.  But these ambitious targets are meaningless without interim targets and real policies to direct city infrastructure towards these goals.  Energy use for heating and cooling accounts for a large share of the carbon footprint of cities.  


In this panel discussion, we will explore recent successes, ongoing challenges and future prospects for reducing GHG emissions in cities, with emphasis on strategies to decarbonize the heating & cooling sector.  



Trent Berry, Principal, Reshape Infrastructure Strategies

Aditi Bhasin, Manager, Region East, Smart City Sweden


Ke Wei, Assistant Deputy Director, Infrastructure & Energy, 

New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Tom Osdoba, Senior City Advisor, Climate-KIC

Örjan Lönngren, Energy and Climate Strategist, City of Stockholm

Bryan Purcell, Vice-President of Policy and Programs, Toronto Atmospheric Fund


Date and Time

One Hour Starting: 8:30 am PST / 11:30 am EST / 17:30 CET