Our multi-city program that supports cities with enhancing their urban energy resilience
With urban areas expected to grow by an estimated two billion residents by 2050, cities must act now to close gaps in energy access. With cities accounting for 70% of global emissions, ensuring access to clean and reliable power for urban residents is a vital component of helping cities and their residents become more resilient.
Around the world, over 55% of city-dwellers experience regular electricity outages or lack electricity altogether. Without access to electricity, these residents have limited access to health and municipal services, to education or employment opportunities and are forced to rely on highly emitting alternatives to meet their day-to-day fuel needs.
Many cities today lack the knowledge, data, tools and partnerships needed to identify, assess and develop projects that have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and ensure the resilience and equity of urban energy systems. We believe that helping cities enhance their capacity to respond to shocks and stresses while managing the shift to an inclusive, low-carbon economy will be a powerful driver in creating green jobs, promoting social justice, and eradicating poverty.
Urban Power relies on a three-pronged approach to help enhance urban energy resilience:
- Empowering cities through the PowerXChange series to encourage knowledge exchange and identify best practices in urban energy resilience.
- Implementing tools that can help cities apply a resilience and equity lens including the City Energy Resilience Framework and Resilient Infrastructure Diversity and Equity (RIDE) Scorecard.
- Mobilizing investment for energy resilience projects through phased programming with four of our network cities.
Rio de Janeiro
In partnership with our four anchor cities across Latin America & the Caribbean and Africa we will design city-specific renewable energy solutions that can help enhance energy resilience across urban systems. The phased programming includes:
- Data gathering and analysis to identify key challenges and opportunities in the urban energy systems;
- Design Sprints with critical stakeholders to facilitate dialogue and expose bottlenecks to energy capacity and provision expansion; and
- Renewable Energy Project Acceleration to develop projects identified in the Design Sprint phase and link projects with suitable Project Preparation Facilities to leverage the maximum funding potential for project financing.
We will be working with additional network cities to further develop and review programmatic tools and strengthen thematic knowledge.
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Urban Power Program Brochure
Cities currently lack the knowledge, data, tools, and partnerships needed to identify, assess, and develop projects that have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and ensure the resilience and equity of urban energy systems.
Distributed Renewable Energy: A pathway for resilient recovery in cities
Published in 2021, our report co-written with ARUP, ‘Distributed renewable energy: A pathway for resilient recovery in cities’ focuses on the ways cities can use Distribute Renewable Energy (DRE) opportunities to create resilient urban infrastructure and harness a wide range of resilience co-benefits.
News and Resources
Kicking off PowerXChange: Cities exchanging knowledge on Energy Resilience
Co-creating a resilient future 2020-2021
IRA boosts the fight for resilience in cities; The Resilient Cities Network welcomes landmark legislation
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