Urban Energy Transition

From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power

Edited by

  • Peter Droege, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; World Council for Renewable Energy

This compendium of 29 chapters from 18 countries contains both fundamental and advanced insight into the inevitable shift from cities dominated by the fossil-fuel systems of the industrial age to a renewable-energy based urban development framework. The cross-disciplinary handbook covers a range of diverse yet relevant topics, including: carbon emissions policy and practice; the role of embodied energy; urban thermal performance planning; building efficiency services; energy poverty alleviation efforts; renewable community support networks; aspects of household level bio-fuel markets; urban renewable energy legislation, programs and incentives; innovations in individual transport systems; global urban mobility trends; implications of intelligent energy networks and distributed energy supply and storage; and the case for new regional monetary systems and lifestyles. Presented are practical and principled aspects of technology, economics, design, culture and society, presenting perspectives that are both local and international in scope and relevance.
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Architects, urban planners and policy makers; energy experts and efficiency planners; state and local government leaders and officials; renewable energy systems planners; municipal energy experts and leaders; government agencies; renewable energy industry leaders and policy makers; political leaders.Researchers and lecturers in architecture, building and architectural design science and engineering; urban ecologists and environmental engineers; energy engineers and scientists; academic staff in urban and regional planning, infrastructure planning, urban history, theory and criticism.


Book information

  • Published: March 2008
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-045341-5

Table of Contents

Urban energy transition: an introductionPeter Droege1 Principles and driversSolar City: reconnecting energy generation and use to the technical and social logic of solar powerHermann ScheerUrbanization, increasing wealth and energy transitions: comparing experiences between the USA, Japan and rapidly developing Asia Pacific economiesPeter J. Marcotullio and Niels B. SchulzUndoing atmospheric harm: civil action to shrink the carbon footprintJohn Byrne, Lado Kurdgelashvili and Kristen HughesDirect versus embodied energy: the need for urban lifestyle transitionsManfred Lenzen, Richard Wood and Barney ForanEnergy, development and sustainable monetary systemsShann Turnbull2 Policy, practice and dynamicsEnergy and urban environmental regimesSteve HammerClimate change and cities: the making of a climate friendly futureShobhakar DhakalCity energy networking in Europe Marco Keiner, Arley Kim Energy use and CO2 production in the urban passenger transport systems of 84 international cities: findings and policy implicationsJeff Kenworthy3 Aspects of technology: opportunities and applicationsStorage systems for reliable future power supply networksDirk Uwe SauerThe Media Laboratory City Car: a new approach to sustainable mobilityWilliam J. Mitchell, Ryan Chin, and Andres SevtsukTowards the intelligent grid: a review of the literatureJohn Gardner and Peta Ashworth Innovations in rural and peri-urban areas Nancy Wimmer4 Transforming the built environmentTowards the renewable built environmentFederico ButeraCounteracting urban heat islands in JapanToshiaki Ichinose Ecodesign and the transition of the built environmentKen YeangFinancing the energy refurbishment of buildingsJan W. Bleyl Sustainability on the urban scale: green urbanism – new models for urban growth and neighbourhoodsSteffen Lehmann5 International urban agendasBarcelona and the power of solar ordinances: political will, capacity building and people’s participationJosep PuigReducing carbon emissions in London: from theory to practice Anthony R Day, Chris Dunham, PG Jones and L Hinojosa Urban energy and carbon management in LeicesterPeter Webber and Paul FlemingOxford’s carbon emissions reduction: plans and toolsRajat Gupta Integrating energy in urban planning in Vietnam and ThailandJessie L. TodocSustainable energy systems and the urban poor: Nigeria, Brazil, the Philippines Joy Clancy, Olu Maduka, Feri Lumampao and Adriana AndrezEnergy planning in South African citiesLeila Mohamed, Mark Borchers, Megan Euston-BrownHousehold markets for ethanol – prospects for EthiopiaErin Laurell Boyd Lagos, Nigeria: Sustainable energy technologies for an emerging African mega-city Richard IngweFreedom from fossil fuel and nuclear power: the scope for local solutions in the United StatesTam Hunt