Today’s urban energy infrastructure is changing enormously. The share of renewables is increasing, energy production is becoming decentralised, and the heat and transport sectors are undergoing electrification. The electricity, heat and fuel markets are therefore becoming unified. At the same time, the digitalisation of urban energy systems is providing new ways to monitor, automate and control energy usage. These changes are prompting many questions: What will our urban energy infrastructure look like in future? How will demand for energy change? To what extent will buildings, mobility systems, district energy systems and decentralised sustainable energy generation interact going forward?
With its clear view on future sustainable energy use in and between urban areas, Ecofys has answers to these questions. We are experienced at developing strategies for implementation that meet the needs of the future urban energy system. We particularly understand the changes needed to achieve this transition within the triangle of governments, energy players and end users.
Ecofys’ business area Urban Energy supports the development of well-designed and integrated low-carbon urban centers. Ecofys enables corporate clients to identify their future roles in the urban energy environment. We help associations to position themselves in the political debate and raise ambitions, and we assist governments to design policy frameworks that will achieve energy and climate goals.
Improving energy efficiency is key to achieving energy and climate targets. In 2016, several reviews of related directives will take place, which will inform the future framework of energy policy. Ecofys provides expertise to governments and NGOs in designing, implementing and evaluating energy-efficiency policy strategies and instruments, and supports corporate actors in developing the right business strategies for growing energy efficiency markets.
COP21 in Paris highlighted the urgent need to transform today’s cities into low-carbon municipali-ties. With our understanding of technologies, tools, stakeholders and policy instruments we guide our clients through the necessary policy, decision-making and implementation processes re-quired to realise low-carbon cities.