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Deep decarbonisation of cities essential, says Danfoss report

DUBAI, July 31, 2023

Cities account for 70% of global carbon emissions and deep decarbonisation of our cities is essential to achieve key climate targets, says a new report.
 
Ultimately, the battle against climate change will be won – or lost – in cities, says the whitepaper from Danfoss which lays out a new roadmap for decarbonising cities. Implementation of existing technology for buildings, transport, and sector integration can bridge half the gap in the urban GHG emissions reductions needed for a 1.5°C pathway, it says.
 
The paper shows how existing energy efficiency and electrification measures across sectors can immediately reduce emissions and accelerate a green transition in cities.
 
The whitepaper, ‘Roadmap for decarbonising cities’, draws upon a diverse range of verified sources, including the latest data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), to demonstrate why action is needed. The whitepaper also shows how that action can be taken, and highlights how the solutions that will enable this are already available.
 
Key takeaways:
Energy efficiency in cities is essential for global decarbonisation. If all urban areas and cities in Europe, the US, and China invested in energy-efficient heating and cooling of buildings, this would contribute 20% to the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement.
Electrification of vehicles will play a large role. Electrification of urban transport, both private (light) and public (heavy), is crucial for successful climate targets. 28% of the decarbonisation necessary to stay within the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement would be achieved if all urban areas in Europe, the US, and China electrified private and public transport.
Improved efficiency can accelerate the electrification of transport. Both in passenger cars, heavy duty vehicles, and in marine transport, efficiency measures can reduce the size of the batteries needed thus limiting the raw material requirements. Increasing efficiency can also bring down the demand for charging infrastructure and increase the productivity and range of the vehicle.
Implementation of existing technology for buildings, transport, and sector integration can bridge half the gap in the urban GHG emissions reductions needed for a 1.5°C pathway.
 
 
Kim Fausing, President and CEO, Danfoss, said: “We will not reach the goals of the Paris Agreement without a deep decarbonisation of cities. The good news is that cities offer some of the best possibilities to optimise urban planning and accelerate a green transition, and there are already accessible, cost-efficient technologies out there capable of cutting emissions sufficiently to meet global climate goals. These technologies are already in use every day – for instance in the city of Sonderborg in Southern Denmark (Project Zero), but they must be adopted more widely on a global scale now.”
 
As the world’s population continues its surge towards 10 billion people by 2050, it is now expected that almost 70% of the world’s inhabitants will be city dwellers by this date. In their current form, with energy demand continuing to grow, cities would produce a wholly unsustainable level of emissions that would be completely incompatible with key climate targets, such as the 1.5°C target set out by the 2015 Paris Agreement.
 
"Danfoss' most recent whitepaper serves as a comprehensive guide for decarbonising cities, emphasising the pivotal role that existing technologies can play in bridging a significant portion of the gap in urban greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with a 1.5°C trajectory. Through the provision of practical insights and solutions, this whitepaper also paves the way for cities across our region to spearhead the transition towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly future, aligned with their ambitious decarbonization goals," adds Ziad Al-Bawaliz, Regional President at Danfoss Turkey, Middle East and Africa.
 
The whitepaper analysis provides a concrete roadmap for mayors, local decisionmakers, and urban planners on how to eliminate all major drivers of the carbon footprint of cities. The paper also explores how available technologies can improve the livelihoods of citizens while at the same time making our economies more resilient and creating jobs. Ultimately, it offers a holistic and concrete view of the major opportunities for decarbonising cities, said Danfoss.
 
The whitepaper is available at: ‘Roadmap for decarbonizing cities’  -TradeArabia News Service
 



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