About

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

Mr. Jose Medardo Cadena Mosquera, Deputy Minister Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ecuador
Ms. Maria Krautzberger, President of the Federal Environment Agency, Germany
H.E. Mohamed Yousuf Al Awadi, the UAE ambassador to Peru and non-resident ambassador to Ecuador and Costa Rica

Group photo

Interactive dialogue

Welcoming segment will be followed by an interactive Davos-style dialogue 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.

Mr. Ronan Dantec, Senator and Councillor of Nantes Metropole, France (as Leader of the session)
H.E. Ambassador Dessima Williams, UN Special Adviser for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
Mr. Godfrey Baluku Kabbyanga Kiime, Mayor of Kasese, Uganda
Mr. Tony Vazquez, Mayor of Santa Monica, United States of America
Mr. Roland Hunziker, Director, Sustainable Buildings and Cities, WBCSD

11.15 – 13.00

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

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, and share best practices and inspiring approaches to energy transition.

Moderator: Ms. Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary-General, ICLEI 

Scene setter
IRENA will set the scene by providing an overview of its latest study on renewable energy deployment in urban settings, focusing on key trends and findings.

Ms. Elizabeth Press, Director of Planning and Programme Support, IRENA

Interactive dialogue
Mr. Tony Vazquez, Mayor of Santa Monica, United States of America
Ms. Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona for Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility, Spain
Mr. Patrick Klugman, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of international relations and the French speaking world. 
Ms. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Vice-President of REN21

Open discussion with audience
Interview with Mr. Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn, Germany

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.45

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

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, exploring trends and opportunities in key sectors where the potential for renewable energy is the greatest: transport, heat/cooling, building and power generation.

Moderator: Mr. Stefan Schurig, Member of the Executive Board and Director Climate and Energy, World Future Council

Scene setter

Mr. Michael Westphal, Senior Associate, World Resource Institute

Interactive dialogue
Mr. Godfrey Baluku Kabbyanga Kiime, Mayor of Kasese, Uganda
Mr. Raymond Louie, Acting Mayor, Vancouver, Canada
Ms. Hana AlHashimi, Happiness Representative, Permanent Mission of the UAE to the United Nations
Mr. Jean-François Gagné, Energy Technology Policy Division Head, IEA

Open discussion with the audience

15.45

Forum roundup

On behalf of the co-hosts, Ms. Vera Rodenhoff, Head of Division, Environment, Energy, and Urban Planning, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

16.00

Closing Remarks

Dr. Esteban Albornoz Vintimilla, Minister Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ecuador

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)

Registration

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

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Logistics

We are pleased to provide you with the following information regarding the technical and logistical arrangements for the high level forum Re-energising Cities: Renewable Energy in Urban Settings.

Meeting location
Escuela Politecnica Nacional (6 mins by car and 10-20 mins walking distance from the main Habitat III conference venue) 
Ladron de Guevera E11-253    
170517, Quito, Ecuador

Language
The forum will be held in English and Spanish. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English will be available for all sessions. 

Forum format
The event will take place on Tuesday 18th October with the registration starting as of 09.00. The forum will open at 10.00 with a Welcome Address and a High Level Dialogue, followed by interactive dialogues. Light lunch will be available at 13.00 with closing remarks at 16.00.

Sessions are designed to be interactive, dynamic conversations on the role of renewable energy in cities. Participants are therefore encouraged to actively participate throughout the day, engaging with speakers and audience alike.

The event will take place in the main hall of the Escuela Politecnica Nacional on the 5th floor. The venue of the forum accommodates an audience of 250 people.

Contacts
RE-energising Cities partners would be happy to assist with any concerns or requests prior to, or during the forum. For any information please contact Jasper Rigter, JRigter@irena.org, or Yera Ortiz de Urbina, +1 9178611973, YOrtizdeUrbina@irena.org.

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Download the RE-energising Cities outcome document

Renewable Energy in Cities explores the potential for urban communities to scale-up renewables by 2030, based on the estimated energy use of 3,649 cities around the world. It finds that every city has massive potential to cost-effectively boost renewable energy use at the local level. The report outlines three priority areas where cities can take action: renewable energy in buildings (for heating, cooling, cooking, and appliances); sustainable options for transport (electric mobility and biofuels); and creating integrated urban energy systems.

By highlighting the best practices from cities around the world, this report examines the policies and technologies by which cities can bring about a renewable energy future and mitigate climate change. It provides concrete examples of how municipal leaders and administrators can accelerate the switch to renewable energy at the local level by acting as planners, regulators, financiers and operators of urban infrastructure. Download the report here.

About

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.

Contact

Please send any questions to communications@irena.org