Monday, June 24, 2013

Cities get creative on Energy Efficiency

World's major cities, led by Los Angeles, are improving their energy efficiency - a great sign towards achieving sustainable business activities, and more importantly making the cities "a better place to live and work".

110 cities were studied including our neighbouring Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok, and CDP came back to report the following:

KK Port at Tg. Lipat
Energy efficiency is managed largely by retro-fitting street lights. KK Port photo by: de engineur

World cities look to improve energy efficiency

LONDON: Some of the world's largest cities are improving their energy efficiency, a report said Thursday, while nations struggle to forge a global response to climate change.

Cities are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions and better manage their water strategy, said a report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which runs a platform for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share environmental information.

The 110-city report found that one out of every two actions cities take to reduce emissions are focused on efficiency.

Los Angeles led the way, managing annual energy savings of $13 million (9.85 million euros) -- largely by retro-fitting traffic signals and street lights --followed by Washington and Las Vegas with $6.3 million, the CDP found.

"Cities are hotbeds of innovation, and local governments have been quick to implement many new ways to combat and adapt to climate change and resource scarcity."- Conor Riffle, head of CDP's cities programme.

"These leading cities are enjoying multiple paybacks for their economies and communities. National governments should pay close attention."

Cities that took part in the study included Toyko, Seoul, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Moscow, Paris and London.

The study found that the European cities surveyed produced $12,502 gross domestic product per metric tonne of carbon dioxide emissions, with South American cities producing $6,816, East Asian cities $5,831 and North American cities $5,550.

It found that 62 percent of such actions had the potential to attract new business and investment.

Meanwhile it found that 55 percent of the cities studied were undertaking initiatives to reduce emissions that promote walking and cycling.

Reference: IndiaTimes


rainfield61 said...

What a beautiful lighting you have captured.

de engineur said...

Thanks. That'd be Kota Kinabalu port located in Tanjung Lipat.