Did you know that the majority of governmental buildings in Berlin, in addition to the whole governmental district, were built using advanced renewable technologies and are highly sustainable and energy efficient? If not, then join us to gain unique insight into sustainable urban planning and the construction of some of the most significant buildings and areas in Berlin.
Forecasts show that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by the year 2050. As a result, demand for energy and private transportation is set to increase exponentially – and pollution will rise accordingly. Are real significant changes within cities foreseeable? What solutions can really make a change? Can sectors such as agriculture or energy crossover be integrated into modern and future living environments? To see both small and large-scale urban solutions that may have an immense impact on our future, join us on this tour!
While cooling is a growing concern for increasing numbers of people around the world, what about the need for heating? In the northern regions, up to 70% of energy demand comes from heating alone. Efficient and sustainable heating solutions are, and will continue to be, crucial for a sustainable future. Join us to learn about innovative heating technologies and applications. Berlin has a lot to offer, and not just out of necessity!
Energy systems around the world are undergoing fundamental change, driven in particular by the increased availability of low-cost and intermittent renewable energy, distributed energy sources and advances in digitalisation. These changes constitute a profound energy-system transition away from predictable, yet carbon-intensive generation. To experience at first hand the large-scale integration of renewables in the future decentralised system, join us to learn about the innovative processes and technologies enabling the future integrated system.
According to the IEA, almost a quarter of global direct CO2 emissions comes from the industry sector. Which processes actually cause such emissions and how can we reduce or even eliminate them? To get an understanding of what can and needs to be done, we will visit highly efficient industrial sites, as well as sectors that are just at the beginning of the road ahead.
Buildings account for more than 30% of global final energy consumption, and are thus some of the largest consumers of energy in the world. With future demographic increases forecast, this figure is set to rise. Currently, the main focus of building policies is often on new buildings. However, the potential lies, at least in the Northern hemisphere, in existing buildings. And this sector is in dire need of fresh money for investments in renovation.
In a parallel set of events, there is growing discussion in international public banks, such as the European Investment Bank, on the need to help large-scale investors and pension funds diversify their portfolios. Insurance companies are in fact hit in two ways by climate change, firstly by more significant damages to insured properties and secondly by the loss of profitable dividends such as investments in the oil sector.
Linking these two processes, what can be done to redirect global private investments to the building sector?
The EU is the largest consumer of renewable heat globally, followed by the US, Brazil and China. The heating sector plays a crucial role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. There is a lot of potential for phasing out fossil fuel and switching to renewable heating solutions. Technology solutions are based on electricity or green gases and vary depending on their application and geography.
The industrial sector is both a global economic powerhouse and a major emitter of greenhouse gas emissions: industry emits about 28 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, of which 90 percent are CO2 emissions. In order to accelerate the global energy transition, industrial sectors must be decarbonised. Key areas of transforming industries are heavy industries such as steel, cement and chemicals, where renewables can be put to direct use. Another area is the interplay with the grid, where the industrial sector has huge potential for flexibility through demand-side management (DSM).