Urban Energy Resilience for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Presented at the 2020 International Conference on Energy Science and Safety Engineering
See the related article: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.03.028
Summary: Cities account for between 60% and 80% of the global energy consumption. Given the projected increase in world׳s urban population, this share is expected to further increase in the future. Continuity of energy supply in cities is affected by climate change and a growing array of other threats. Resilience thinking is an approach to management of socio-ecological systems that aims to develop an integrated framework for bringing together the (often) fragmented, diverse research on disaster risk management. This research provides a better understanding of the underlying principles of urban energy resilience and introduces a conceptual framework that can be used to assess urban energy resilience. In order to be resilient, urban energy systems need to be capable of “planning and preparing for”, “absorbing”, “recovering from”, and “adapting” to any adverse events that may happen in the future. This study introduces different planning and design criteria related to infrastructure, resources, land use, urban geometry and morphology, governance, and socio-demographic aspects and human behavior. In addition, through providing empirical insights from disaster-triggered urban energy initiative from around the world, this research clarifies the significance of characteristics such as efficiency, redundancy, robustness, diversity, coordination capacity, equity, and modularity for promoting urban energy resilience.