08/11/2022  // 6:30 - 8:00 pm UTC+2 // hybrid event // Sharm-El-Sheikh and online

Connective Cities with side event @COP27

Keynote and panel discussion: Towards energy autarky on a local level

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Join us on November 12th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm UTC+2, virtually or at the German Pavilion at COP27 – and discuss challenges and solutions to energy supply and energy efficiency in cities.

Cities worldwide face dependence on energy imports and energy supply as well as high prices and price fluctuation due to wars, conflicts, and insecure situations worldwide. The expansion of renewable energies and energy efficiency in urban development are therefore currently gaining further momentum.

How can cities work towards energy autarky? What role can cities play in eliminating energy imports? To what extent can cities and municipalities produce their own energy?

The side-event is organized by Connective Cities and the German Association of Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) and addresses challenges and good practices examples in the fields of:

  • Energy supply and energy consumption of different sectors in cities
  • Good Practices in reducing energy consumption (e.g., nearly zero energy buildings; renewable energy; clean energy)

Keynote: Mrs. Lea Ranalder, UN-Habitat

Panel discussion:      

  • Mr. Andreas Wolter, Mayor, City of Cologne, Germany
  • Mrs. Melanie Grabowy, Mayor, City of Bonn, Germany
  • Mr. Houcine Jrad, Mayor, Municipality Houmt Souk, Tunisia
  • Dr. Georges Youssef, Municipality Menjez, Lebanon
  • Mme Gladys Wanga, Governor County Government of Homa Bay, Kenia

Moderation: Sabine Drees, German Association of Cities

Virtual participation is possible via:  Side Event | Responding Russia´s war: Towards Energy Autarky on a local level (