National policy makers have an essential role to play in implementing new approaches and leveraging human, technological and financial resources to achieve net zero energy transitions in cities. This report looks at four priority areas for national policy makers when approaching their own climate action plans. These key areas place people at the centre of clean energy transitions in cities, support data-driven integrated planning, create a supportive environment for innovation and change, and foster international co‑operation. By paying attention to these essentials, national policy makers can craft inclusive policies, prioritise efficiency and empower communities. 

Policy makers can empower cities towards faster and more effective implementation in four main areas

Placing people at the centre, building for the future

  • Supporting community-led initiatives for sustainable development.
  • Promoting integrated urban planning with stakeholder involvement.
  • Designing benefit-sharing mechanisms for clean energy access.

Supporting data-driven integrated planning

  • Integrating energy and climate objectives into urban planning.
  • Aligning grids with urban objectives.
  • Incentivising optimisation of grid infrastructure and demand-side management.

Creating a supportive environment

  • Enhancing data accessibility and utilisation for effective power system management.
  • Promoting interoperability and digitalisation for informed decision-making.
  • Supporting innovation and financing for sustainable urban development.

Fostering international cooperation

  • Disseminating knowledge and accelerating innovation.
  • Supporting financially for scaling up smart energy technologies.
  • Replicating successful pilot projects for wide adoption.