Cities are responsible for much of the world’s economic output, energy consumption, and carbon emissions, and they are therefore the arena where clean energy deployment is most likely and urgent. Energy efficiency has long been an opportunity area for cities, and it is now complemented by the increasing potential for cities to produce energy, which has been notably enabled by the falling cost of renewable energy.
In this context, the Global Sustainable Cities Network (GSCN) functions as a knowledge-sharing and matchmaking platform for representatives of Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) countries with policymaking and procurement responsibilities in city management.
CEM focal points identify 1–2 topics annually and then select domestic stakeholders that are leaders in those fields and are actively looking for external benchmarks and partnerships. These stakeholders are convened once or twice per year in events structured around common interests, enabling participants to understand the market context and procurement and policy needs of other entities. Between meetings, CEM focal points facilitate introductions among potential policy, commercial, and research partners.
Through GSCN, participating governments are collaborating on groundbreaking sustainable city initiatives. GSCN is focusing initially on waste-to-energy and demand-side management efforts, and it has released country snapshots and convened workshops to share national experiences and evaluate policy and technology options for enhancing market growth and cross-investment in these two areas.
GSCN’s overarching objectives are (1) to provide network members with unbiased information about policy, technology, and supplier performance in clean energy supply and energy efficiency, and (2) to introduce them to potential partners.
For more information, view the GSCN activities page or fact sheet.