Energy Use in Cities

A Roadmap for Urban Transitions

Authors: Pincetl, S., Gustafson, H., Federico, F., Fournier, E.D., Cudd, R., Porse, E.

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  • Provides a first of its kind methodology for mapping building energy use 
  • Highlights the barriers to energy data access necessary for urban transitions
  • Offers a look at a field-tested empirical methodology from California, an international leader on energy and climate policy
  • Presents a road map for the creation of similar atlases in other cities and regions
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About this book

In an era of big data and smart cities, this book is an innovative and creative contribution to our understanding of urban energy use. Societies have basic data needs to develop an understanding of energy flows for planning energy sustainability. However, this data is often either not utilized or not available. Using California as an example, the book provides a roadmap for using data to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions by targeting programs and initiatives that will successfully and parsimoniously improve building performance while taking into account issues of energy affordability. This first of its kind methodology maps high-detail building energy use to understand patterns of consumption across buildings, neighborhoods, and socioeconomic divisions in megacities. The book then details the steps required to replicate this methodology elsewhere, and shows the importance of openly-accessible building energy data for transitioning cities to meet the climate planning goals of the twenty-first century. It also explains why actual data, not modeled or sampled, is critical for accurate analysis and insights. Finally, it acknowledges the complex institutional context for this work and some of the obstacles – utility reluctance, public agency oversight, funding and path dependencies. This book will be of great value to scholars across the environmental sectors, but especially to those studying sustainable urban energy as well as practitioners and policy makers in these areas.

 

About the authors

Stephanie Pincetl is Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at the Institute of the Environment, UCLA.  She works on complex urban systems and their socio-environmental impacts with an aim to provide actionable science for a just energy transition.   

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“Prof Pincetl and colleagues have compiled a valuable and insightful study on constructing the Southern California Energy Atlas, a unique and world leading resource. This book is informative, instructive, and an essential guide to those seeking to build a knowledge base upon which to take actions supporting the transition of the built environment towards becoming zero-carbon, energy efficient, and resilient.”

— Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor,UCL Energy Institute,London

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Energy Use in Cities
Book Subtitle
A Roadmap for Urban Transitions
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55601-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55601-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55600-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 180
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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