Urban Energy Transition

Urban Energy Transition

From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power

1st Edition - March 3, 2008

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  • Author: Peter Droege
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080453415
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080560465

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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.


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.

Table of Contents

  • Urban energy transition: an introduction
    Peter Droege

    1 Principles and drivers

    Solar City: reconnecting energy generation and use to the technical and social logic of solar power
    Hermann Scheer

    Urbanization, increasing wealth and energy transitions: comparing experiences between the USA, Japan and rapidly developing Asia Pacific economies
    Peter J. Marcotullio and Niels B. Schulz
    Undoing atmospheric harm: civil action to shrink the carbon footprint
    John Byrne, Lado Kurdgelashvili and Kristen Hughes

    Direct versus embodied energy: the need for urban lifestyle transitions
    Manfred Lenzen, Richard Wood and Barney Foran

    Energy, development and sustainable monetary systems
    Shann Turnbull

    2 Policy, practice and dynamics

    Energy and urban environmental regimes
    Steve Hammer

    Climate change and cities: the making of a climate friendly future
    Shobhakar Dhakal

    City 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 implications
    Jeff Kenworthy

    3 Aspects of technology: opportunities and applications

    Storage systems for reliable future power supply networks
    Dirk Uwe Sauer

    The Media Laboratory City Car: a new approach to sustainable mobility
    William J. Mitchell, Ryan Chin, and Andres Sevtsuk

    Towards the intelligent grid: a review of the literature
    John Gardner and Peta Ashworth

    Innovations in rural and peri-urban areas
    Nancy Wimmer

    4 Transforming the built environment

    Towards the renewable built environment
    Federico Butera

    Counteracting urban heat islands in Japan
    Toshiaki Ichinose

    Ecodesign and the transition of the built environment
    Ken Yeang

    Financing the energy refurbishment of buildings
    Jan W. Bleyl

    Sustainability on the urban scale: green urbanism – new models for urban growth and neighbourhoods
    Steffen Lehmann

    5 International urban agendas

    Barcelona and the power of solar ordinances: political will, capacity building and people’s participation
    Josep Puig

    Reducing carbon emissions in London: from theory to practice
    Anthony R Day, Chris Dunham, PG Jones and L Hinojosa

    Urban energy and carbon management in Leicester
    Peter Webber and Paul Fleming

    Oxford’s carbon emissions reduction: plans and tools
    Rajat Gupta

    Integrating energy in urban planning in Vietnam and Thailand
    Jessie L. Todoc

    Sustainable energy systems and the urban poor: Nigeria, Brazil, the Philippines
    Joy Clancy, Olu Maduka, Feri Lumampao and Adriana Andrez

    Energy planning in South African cities
    Leila Mohamed, Mark Borchers, Megan Euston-Brown

    Household markets for ethanol – prospects for Ethiopia
    Erin Laurell Boyd

    Lagos, Nigeria: Sustainable energy technologies for an emerging African mega-city
    Richard Ingwe

    Freedom from fossil fuel and nuclear power: the scope for local solutions in the United States
    Tam Hunt

Product details

  • No. of pages: 664
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: March 3, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080453415
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080560465

About the Author

Peter Droege

Peter Droege directs the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, the global advisory and research organization for the rapid transition to regenerative communities, cities, regions and infrastructure. Professor Droege serves also as President of Eurosolar, the European Association for Renewable Energy, and as General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy. A recipient of the European Solar Prize in Education, Peter Droege initiated the Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein while holding a Conjoint Professorship at the Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecure and the Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia. Professor Droege has authored or edited numerous books, including Intelligent Environments (Elsevier 1997), Urban Energy Transition, 1st Edition: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power (Elsevier 2008).

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, President, Eurosolar, European Association of Renewable Energy and General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy

About the Editor

Peter Droege

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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