What Does it Really Take to Deliver a Sustainable City?

16 Feb 2017


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Cities are the drivers of change in a global transition to new energy systems. Consuming between two thirds and three quarters of the world’s energy, cities are the primary driver of how much energy is used, how it is used and, to a growing extent, what sources it comes from. Energy is vital to a city’s economy. It powers transportation systems, enables the production of goods and services, provides heating to homes and is essential to the function of modern appliances and technology.

This new report commissioned by Exeter City Futures looks at how Exeter might address the challenge of becoming Energy Independent by 2025. The report required a comprehensive study of energy efficiency and low-carbon generation measures across the South West of the UK and concludes with a series of key steps that would need to be taken to deliver the goal.

Key Findings

  • Annual energy consumption in Greater Exeter in 2014 was 10 TWh. Enough to make 368 trips to the moon!
  • Annual energy consumption is expected to grow to 11.3 TWh by 2025 mainly due to the considerable growth in housing and business expected.
  • Renewable energy supplied only 2.1% of total energy consumption.
  • 18.6 TWh of potential energy savings and generation measures have been identified across a range of technologies.
  • Exonians spend in excess of £0.9 billion each year on energy. A range of projects and initiatives could help the region retain more of that financial outflow within the local economy.
  • The 10 key recommendations provide a set of actions that should be progressed to maximise the likelihood of achieving the Energy Independence goal.

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