Rio+20 Side Event on Sustainable Development
What is the most cost effective and efficient way to decarbonise Cities? There are hundreds of options available and, although they present a significant opportunity to reduce energy bills and carbon footprints, there is often a lack of reliable information on their performance.
The higher levels of risk and uncertainty that emerge can be a barrier to action, making it harder to develop a business or social case for investment in low energy options.
This discussion will explore the cost and carbon effectiveness of a wide range of options for domestic, industry, commerce and transport, and potential financial and policy options to stimulate major scale investments.
The political and business case for very large investments in the low-carbon economy is strong, but the levels of ambition, investment and activity needed to exploit the available potential are significant.
Sustained high investment levels and major new initiatives are needed in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.
We need to develop new delivery and financial mechanisms that can stimulate and sustain demand for investment in low-carbon options to overcome the many potential barriers to change.
Panellists to include:
Chair: Jon Price, Director, Centre for Low Carbon Futures
Dr Johan Kuylenstierna, Director, Stockholm Environment Institute York
Dr Måns Nilsson, Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
Mr Walter Vergara, Division Chief, Climate Change and Sustainability, IDB
OECD (to be confirmed)
The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.
The event is jointly hosted by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures, Stockholm Environment Institute York and University of Leeds.