Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria,
Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria
Director of Innovation and Technology Centre,
Renewable Energy Institute
Nikken Sekkei Research Institute
Managing Partner and Founder,
Global Green Development Capital
Director, Department of Energy,
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
With over half of the global population lives in cities, where commonly said emitting 70% or more of the world greenhouse gas, cities have a very important potential for energy efficiency, notably in the buildings, and they play a key role in accelerating renewables. There is an opportunity for a very effective utilization and integration of new policy measures, new pragmatic approaches, new deployment of technologies that would make the cities themselves engines of moving towards renewable energy, reduction of carbon footprint for the cities, while at the same time giving residents a much better living standard than they would have had staying in villages all over the world, especially in places where the population has been projected to grow very dramatically over this century, where in fact therefore urbanization tends to mean very low-income developments. In the light of this situation, several important facts and keys toward sustainable urbanization were pointed out in the panel discussion as follows.
In conclusion, Cities can be expected to be the hubs of innovation with their diversity of people who can exchange ideas and who can come up with new solutions to new things. We have a lot to do in order to move towards not only there being net-zero carbon emissions, but also to adopt new approaches, new technologies, and new ways of living those lifestyles, so people live better, but in a less polluting fashion.
Re-inventing the city has long been an attractive project for those city-planners who would create utopia… but today we have learned that the cities of the future will be created with the participation of the citizens, and that technology will serve the human residents not dominate the urban landscape. The integration of nature into the built environment and the provision of spaces for human interaction, that is what will create the green cities of the future with their caring and sharing outlook.