Creating the conditions for implementing smarter urban energy systems

Key takeaways

  • A range of barriers are constraining large-scale implementation of smarter urban energy systems.
  • The lack of an enabling policy and regulatory environment can constrain action and the development of new business models.
  • Without additional efforts in capacity building, reskilling and upskilling and attracting new talent, there is a risk that the implementation of new solutions and approaches will stall and that the full range of benefits from digitalisation will not be captured.
  • Cities and utilities are still facing significant challenges in accessing finance for smart project implementation; policy makers can remove obstacles and promote the development and use of new approaches.
  • Solutions to these challenges are starting to emerge and there is a growing body of promising approaches that are being developed and tested.