Panel Discussion in Singapore, June 4, 2014
On June 4, 2014, a panel discussion on the topic “Meeting the Energy Demand of Cities” was organized in the context of the World City Summit in Singapore and attended by 79 people.
In their opening remarks, Mr. Patrick Rueppel (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Singapore) and Mr. Lye Liang Fook (East Asian Institute Singapore) emphasized that in light of fast growing cities and spreading energy demand, knowledge exchange on an international level plays a key role in managing a successful energy transition. Focusing on renewable energy sources and decentralized energy production while simultaneously promoting a cross-sectorial approach to urban planning was seen to be crucial when mapping out a strategy for sustainable outcomes.
In the first round of speeches Mr. Bernhard Dohle, GIZ Programme Coordinator for the Cities Development Initiative for Asia, and Mr. Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe at ICLEI, outlined their perspectives on renewable energies and decentralized energy production in cities.
In the panel Ms Mariko Sato, Chief of UN-Habitat, Bangkok Office; Mr. William Tompson, Head of the Urban Development Programme at OECD; Ms Louisa-May Khoo, Centre of Livable Cities in Singapore; Prof. John Wong and Dr. Zhao Litao, representatives of the East Asian Institute, gave their views on comprehensive urban policies and planning across sectors.