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Energizing Green Cities in SE Asia

Energizing Green Cities in SE Asia

THE World Bank released their report “Energizing Green Cities in Southeast Asia” this week, highlighting how energy efficiency is key to climatic, economic and infrastructure improvements.

Worldwide, cities account for around two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with cities in Southeast Asia growing twice as fast as the rest of the world and by 2030 it is expected that 70% of the Southeast Asia population will live in cities.

While cities have always been the engines of economic growth, now they also hold the key to a sustainable development, especially in Southeast Asia. Given their size and dynamic growth, Southeast Asian cities today have a unique opportunity to also become global engines of green growth by choosing energy-efficient solutions for their infrastructure needs.

Improving energy efficiency isn’t just good for the environment; it’s good for economic growth, says the World Bank report, named in full as: “Energizing Green Cities in Southeast Asia – Applying Sustainable Urban Energy and Emissions Planning.”

According to the report, there is a clear correlation between investments in energy efficient solutions in infrastructure and economic growth, based on a study of three cities – Da Nang in Vietnam, Surabaya in Indonesia and Cebu City in the Philippines. By improving energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions, cities not only help the global environment, but they also support local economic development through productivity gains, reduced pollution, and more efficient use of resources.

According to the World Bank, decisions made today will define the region’s energy use and its greenhouse gas footprint well into the future. Given the scale of energy demand and emissions growth in East Asian cities, city governments’ decisions to enhance energy efficiency not only contribute to their economic development, but also bring benefits beyond the region.

Cities can improve energy efficiency to increase investments, job creation and productivity improvements, all of which generate economic growth. So cities can pursue a resource efficient, cleaner and more resilient growth path and still be engines of growth.

Enigin are currently working with businesses and consumers to help them become more energy efficient. To find out more about their range of energy saving technology and solutions, contact your local Enigin distributor today. 

Picture of Cebu City by P199 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday 21st February 2014