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The governments of Ecuador, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates, and the International Renewable Energy Agency are pleased to invite you to attend ‘RE-energising Cities: Renewable Energy in Urban Settings’ forum, held on the second day of the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.

As the first intergovernmental conference on cities and human settlements in 20 years, Habitat III will reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable development at the local and subnational levels through the New Urban Agenda. Within this context and for the first time ever, the Habitat process recognizes the proliferation of renewable energy as a critical commitment, and means to implement action towards this end.

RE-energising Cities will capitalise on this unique gathering of stakeholders to drive the next step-change in the transition to a sustainable urban energy future. The business case for renewables is stronger than ever thanks to ongoing, dramatic cost declines in renewable energy technology. The forum will showcase the innovative and transformative ways that cities can benefit from this trend and contribute to the ongoing energy transition. It will share cutting-edge information, highlight examples of successful policy frameworks and other best practice, and discuss priority areas for action to capitalise on the opportunities renewables present in three key sectors: transport, buildings and power generation.

Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Escuela Politecnica Nacional, Av. Toledo, N23-55 y Madrid, Quito. The venue is a 10-minute walk or a 5-minute drive from the Habitat III conference.
Language: The event will be in English. Spanish translation will be available.

Programme

09.00 – 10.00

Registration

10.00 – 11.15

Welcome Address and High Level Dialogue

Key notes

Dr. Esteban Albornoz Vintimilla, Minister Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ecuador Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Interactive dialogue

Ministerial interventions will be followed by an interactive Davos-style dialogue, as well as short interviews, to showcase the role of renewable energy as a catalyst for change in urban settings. Cities, being at the center of global energy consumption and home to half the global population, must play a key role in leading the way toward a sustainable, inclusive and climate-resilient future. Renewable energy solutions, coupled with energy efficiency, can trigger cities’ potential, mobilizing positive change across all Sustainable Development Goals.

11.15 – 13.00

Session 1: Cities Leading the Way: what have we achieved?

Interactive dialogue

A number of cities are already witnessing the benefits of renewable energy across all sectors of society and the economy, providing noteworthy examples and lessons. This interactive dialogue will present options and solutions to foster dynamic synergies between clean energy technologies and urban development. A group of pioneering cities will showcase their innovative projects, thus facilitating the sharing of best practices and inspiring approaches for cities that are starting their energy transition. The discussion will be enriched by an overview of the latest IRENA study on city policies in support of renewable energy deployment, focusing on key trends and findings. The session will include open discussion with audience.

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 16.00

Session 2: Urban Energy Systems of the Future: the role of renewables

Interactive dialogue

Innovation is rapidly changing how energy is produced, distributed and consumed in cities. This session will focus on how renewable energy, underpinned by energy efficiency, is shaping the urban energy systems of the future, illustrating innovative solutions to capitalize on opportunities and minimize challenges. City leaders and key organizations will participate in an interactive discussion, sharing pathways to sustainable urban development and exploring trends and opportunities in three key sectors where the potential for renewable energy is the greatest: transport, heat/cooling, building and power generation. The discussion will be enriched by the latest IEA Energy Technology Perspectives on cities. The session will include open discussion with audience.

16.00-16.30

Closing Remarks

Invited speakers include:

Mr. Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna, Austria
Mr. Marcio Lacerda, Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Mr. Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, Canada
Mr. Xu Qin, Mayor of Shenzhen, China
Dr. Esteban Albornoz Vintimilla, Minister Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ecuador
Ms. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40, France
Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Mr. Peter Feldmann, Mayor of Frankfurt, Germany 
Mr. Shri Naresh Kumar, Chairman of the New Delhi Municipality, India
Ms. Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
Mr. Mustapha Bakkoury, Regional President of Casablanca-Settat, Morocco and CEO of MASEN
Mr. David Simango, Mayor of Maputo, Mozambique
Mr. Godfrey Baluku Kabbyanga Kiime, Mayor of Kasese, Uganda
Mr. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, UK
Ms. Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa
H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Managing Director & CEO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, United Arab Emirates
Mr. Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, United States of America
Ms. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Vice-President of REN21
Ms. Monica Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary-General, ICLEI
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
International Energy Agency (IEA)
World Resource Institute (WRI)

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Attendance is free. Due to venue restrictions, early registration is recommended, online registration will close on 11 October 2016.

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The governments of Ecuador, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates, and the International Renewable Energy Agency are pleased to invite you to attend ‘RE-energising Cities: Renewable Energy in Urban Settings’ forum, held on the second day of the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.

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