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


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