Towards a more sustainable energy model

Cities are responsible for 70 % of the CO2 emissions generated and are especially vulnerable to climate change due to the high density of population and services concentrated in them. So cities are part of the problem and yet they are also a crucial part of the solution.

The current energy model is based on fossil-fuel energy consumption, which has to be imported, and is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. By contrast, the energy generated from local (renewable and waste) resources represents a mere 2 % of the total that is consumed in the city.

Barcelona is a city with a long tradition in fighting against climate change. It has launched a number of planning initiatives since 2002 aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the generation of renewable and local energies, improving energy efficiency and adapting to the expected impact.