Urban Energy Transition - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780081020746, 9780081020753

Urban Energy Transition

2nd Edition

From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power

Editors: Peter Droege
eBook ISBN: 9780081020753
Paperback ISBN: 9780081020746
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 644
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Urban Energy Transition: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy, Second Edition, provides a cross-disciplinary handbook that covers a range of diverse topics, including carbon emissions policy and practice, the role of embodied energy, urban thermal performance planning, building efficiency services, renewable community support networks, urban renewable energy legislation, programs and incentives, global urban mobility trends, the implications of intelligent energy networks and distributed energy supply and storage, and the case for new regional monetary systems and lifestyles.

This book is the definitive science and practice-based compendium of energy transformations in the global urban system. It is a timely resource as communities, from small villages, to megacities and metro regions, move increasingly towards renewable energy as infrastructure investment, resilience strategy and a source of revenue.

Key Features

  • Covers the technical, environmental and sociological issues related to urban energy
  • Contains chapters on societal issues, such as energy poverty alleviation, the aspects of household level biofuel markets and innovations in individual transport systems
  • Includes case studies from around the globe that provide country-specific organizational perspectives
  • Provides a systems-based understanding of policy frameworks and action agendas


Urban energy managers and urban planners, practitioners in urban sustainability

Table of Contents

Part I: Principles and Drivers
1. Solar City
2. Undoing Atmospheric Harm
3. Urbanization, Increasing Wealth and Energy Transitions
4. Direct versus Embodied Energy
5. Energy Development and Sustainable Monetary Systems

Part II: Policy and Practice Dynamics
6. Renewable Energy Policymaking in New York and London
7. Climate Change and Cities
8. City Energy Networking in Europe
9. Energy Use and Co2 Production in the Urban Passenger Transport Systems of 84 International Cities

Part III: New Aspects of Technology
10. Storage Systems for Reliable Future Power Supply Networks
11. The Media Laboratory City Car
12. Toward the Intelligent Grid
13. Innovations Promote Rural and Peri-Urban Electrification
14. Towards the Renewable Built Environment
15. Counteracting Urban Heat Islands in Japan
16. Eco design and the Transition of the Built Environment
17. "Energy-Contracting" to Achieve Energy Efficiency and Renewables Using Comprehensive Refurbishment of Buildings as an Example
18. Sustainability on the Urban Scale

Part IV: International Urban Agencies
19. Barcelona and the Power of Solar Ordinance
20. Reducing Carbon Emissions in London
21. Urban Energy and Carbon Management in Leicester
22. Reducing Carbon Emissions from Oxford City
23. Integrating Energy in Urban Planning in the Philippines and Vietnam
24. Sustainable Energy Systems in the Urban Poor
25. Energy Planning in South African Cities
26. Household Markets for Ethanol
27. Freedom from Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Power
28. Lagos, Nigeria: Sustainable Energy Techniques for an Emerging African Megacity


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About the Editor

Peter Droege

Professor Droege is the Director of the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development. He is also President of Eurosolar, the European Association of Renewable Energy as well as General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy. A recipient of the European Solar Prize in Education, Peter Droege was appointed as the inaugral Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein and holds a Conjoint Professorship at the Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecure and the Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia. An inaugural member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize jury and Expert Commissioner for Cities and Climate Change for the World Future Council he also served on the Steering Committee of the Urban Climate Change Research Network at Columbia University/Goodard Space Center and CUNY. He has taught and researched at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (School of Architecture and Planning), Tokyo University (Endowed Chair Program, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology), the University of Sydney and the Technical University of Munich. Professor Droege has authored or edited Regenerative Region: Energy and Climate Atlas (2014), Intelligent Environments and Urban Energy Transition: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power (both Elsevier 1997, 2008),100% Renewable - Energy Autonomy in Action (Earthscan 2009 and Routledge 2014), The Renewable City (Wiley 2006) and Climate Design (ORO Editions 2010).

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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