February 22, 2019 - 14:31

Barcelona is playing host on 6 and 7 March to the ‘Energy Transition and City’ Congress (CTEC) to highlight the role of cities in promoting energy transitions and sovereignty.

What role do cities play in promoting energy sovereignty and transition? What are the strategies that can be implemented for moving together towards a new way of understanding and experiencing energy, by advancing towards a new energy paradigm?

Barcelona will be attempting to answer these questions and become the epicentre of energy-themed discussions and debates when it plays host to the Energy Transition and City Congress this coming 6 and 7 March.

Organised by Barcelona City Council in collaboration with the city councils of Cadiz, Madrid, Pamplona, Valencia and Zaragoza, the event is intended to be an open space for pooling transformation experiences to create and strengthen alliances enabling us to advance towards a new energy model.

The event will be held at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia’s Besòs campus, a benchmark in this area of research and the city’s energy innovation. It will be dealing at several round tables with a range of issues as diverse as institutional impetuses to changes in energy culture, the feminist agenda in energy transitions and challenges to the future of such transitions.

The event will feature over eighty speakers hailing from some twenty European cities sharing experiences and pooling transformation experiences, creating a space for forging and strengthening alliances and synergies for advancing towards transitions.

The Congress is aimed not just at local authorities and the business energy sector but also at all members of the public who are interested in the issue. You can register for it for free on: http://www.barter.es/e/TEC2019/Formsite_TEC2019.html

Where do energy transitions start from?

Energy is a priority in cities, both for ensuring its guaranteed supply and for minimising the impact of its consumption, taking account in particular that over 50% of the world’s population currently lives in an urban environment, representing 75% of energy consumption and almost 80% of CO2 emissions.

The current energy model, which is centralised and based on fossil fuels, has clear economic, social and environmental limits. Changing this model towards a new sustainable and socially fair paradigm is one of the humanity’s most important and urgent 21st-century challenges.

That is why we analysing the role cities and citizens can play in energy transitions and the challenges and opportunities we have for the new model’s advancement on the foundations of fairness and social justice.