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Towards Smart Sustainable Cities – Integrated Approaches

14 June 2017

Astana, Kazakhstan

Cities are one of the biggest consumers of energy in the world, representing almost two-thirds of global primary energy demand, and nowadays accounting for 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector. The concept of Smart Sustainable Cities aims to address the current and future challenges of cities and improve the way cities function.  

In the framework of the Ministerial Conference and 8th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development to be held in Astana on 11-14 June 2017, the UNECE Housing and Land Management Unit, swissuniversities, the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency are jointly organizing the parallel event “Towards Smart Sustainable Cities – Integrated Approaches” on 14 June.

The event aims to discuss the benefits of integrated approaches, the role and use of indicators and technologies to realize smarter and more sustainable cities worldwide; to highlight existing networks and opportunities for cities that want to accelerate action; to identify innovative solutions, including implementation models and finance opportunities, to energy challenges for cities; to discuss the transformation of sociotechnical energy and transport systems at the city level and to examine the role of energy infrastructures. It will, furthermore, showcase city-level solutions and innovations relating to energy efficiency that provide inspiration and replication models for other aspirational cities.

The event is also the first day of the international seminar “Towards Smart Sustainable Cities – Integrated Approaches” which will continue at Nazarbayev University from 15 to 16 June 2017.


Background document



Session 1 - presentationsENG
Smart sustainable cities: Paving the way to urban development
Domenica Carriero, UNECE
CoM 4C&E tool for Sustainable Municipal Development
George Abulashvili, Energy Efficiency Centre Georgia
Transition to smat transport in Skopje
Aleksandar DUkovski, Energy Agency of the Republic of Macedonia
Civic engagement and urban development - innovative approaches
Eva Knoebl, Stadtakademie, Vienna
Smart Cities and Scaling up Energy Efficiency in Armenia
Vahram Jalalyan, UND-GCF
BuildingIntegrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) as a major source of energy for smart buildings and cities
Astrid Schneider, Austrian Institute of Technology
Session 2 - presentationsENG

Towards Smart sustainable cities - Integrated Approaches
Vicente Carabias, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland 

Decentral Energy Systems: Collaborative Approach
Uwe Schultz, Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture, Switzerland
Integrating solar prosumers into future energy systems
Merla Kubli, SCCER CREST Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition
Integrated approaches of energy and transportation infrastructures for cities
Roman Rudel, Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built, Switzerland
Integrated approaches  of energy and transportation infrastructures for cities
Alejandro Santis, BFH-CSEM Energy Storage Research Centre, Switzerland
Bicar - feasibility study of electro-mobile sharing concept for the last mile
Hansjörg Dennig, ZHAW Centre for Product and Process Development, Switzerland
Integrated approaches  of energy and transportation infrastructures for cities
Yelena Yerzakovich, UNDP-GEF project, Kazakhstan
Life Cycle Assessment of Photovoltaics
René Itten, ZHAW Institute of Natural Resource Sciences, Switzerland
Applied Discourse Research as a Tool for Transition Processes
Reiner Keller, University of Augsburg, Germany
Smart governance embedded in multilingual courses
Peter Stücheli-Herlach, ZHAW Applied Linguistics, Switzerland
Session 3 - presentationsENG

Unlocking implementation models and finance for cities energy efficiency
Tim Farrell, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency 

Pioneering solutions for a sustainable future
Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director for Sustainable Real Estate, Masdar City
Energy efficiency inspiration from Copenhagen
Ksenia Petrichenko, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
Sustainable city Astrakhan
Oleg Polumordvinov, Administration, Astrakhan City, Russian Federation
Financing Models for City Energy Efficiency
Svetlana Radchenko, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Potential contribution of innovative financing mechanisms
Amitabh Mehta, Indus Blue Consulting
Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy supporting the Eastern Partnership Flagship Initiative on Sustainable Municipal Development
George Abulashvili, Covenant of Mayors East
Session 4 - presentationsENG

Sustainable development and management of urban areas
Heinz J. Bernegger, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland 

Smart Urban Isle
Vicente Carabias, ZHAW Institute of Sustainable Development, Switzerland
Implementation of ENMS in municipal sector in north-west region in Russia
Andrey Dodonov, UNDP-GEF, Russian Federation
Institute of Computational Physics
Hanna Sotnikova, ZHAW Institute of Computational Physics, Switzerland
Smart Building, Concept, Opportunities and Challenges in Kazakhstan
Mehdi Bagheri, School of Engineering, NU, Kazakhstan
Bifacial modules vertically installed
Andreas Dreisiebner, Solarspar Association for Innovative PV Solutions, Switzerland
Designing Smart and Sustainable Urban Isles
Vladimir A. Sidorovich, Institute of Energy Efficient Building Technologies, Russian Federation


For more information on the event, please contact:

Ms. Domenica Carriero
Associate Economic Affairs Officer
Housing and Land Management Unit, UNECE
Email: Domenica.Carriero@unece.org 
Tel:  +41 (0) 22 917 16 72