Although cities occupy just a small percentage of land, they account to consume more than 75% of natural resources, and they are responsible for up to 80% of carbon emission. Decarbonisation of cities is a priority to address climate change and the rapid growth of human population. Supporting a sustainable living environment provides opportunities to develop low carbon, efficient and reliable economy, which is an essential requirement for the next generation of smart cities. Structural retrofit measures are only part of the solution.
The symposium will provide a vision of future sustainable cities and communities, where each component not only aims to maximise its efficiency, but it cooperates and interacts with the others as a whole. Topics for the symposium will be Sustainable Energy Communities, Consumer and Prosumer Behaviour, Buildings, IoT, Data Analytics, Transport, Renewable Energies, Energy Generation and Management, Water Treatment and Recycling. All these areas are profoundly interconnected target areas of interventions, which can lead to significant improvements to the city ecosystem and path towards decarbonisation and sustainability.