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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.
Urban energy transition: an introduction
1 Principles and drivers
Solar City: reconnecting energy generation and use to the technical and social logic of solar power
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
2 Policy, practice and dynamics
Energy and urban environmental regimes
Climate change and cities: the making of a climate friendly future
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
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
4 Transforming the built environment
Towards the renewable built environment
Counteracting urban heat islands in Japan
Ecodesign and the transition of the built environment
Financing the energy refurbishment of buildings
Jan W. Bleyl
Sustainability on the urban scale: green urbanism – new models for urban growth and neighbourhoods
5 International urban agendas
Barcelona and the power of solar ordinances: political will, capacity building and people’s participation
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
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
Freedom from fossil fuel and nuclear power: the scope for local solutions in the United States
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- 3rd March 2008
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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).
Director, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, President, Eurosolar, European Association of Renewable Energy and General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy
University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; World Council for Renewable Energy
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