Do Cities lack a clear vision of life beyond election periods?

The goal is set: EU 20-20-20 (until 2020: 20% less CO2 emissions compared to 1990; 20% renewable energy) but so far no one knows how to achieve it….

Today approx. 70% of the global energy production is consumed in cities (nearly 20% for lighting). Before the background of ongoing urbanization there is an imminent challenges to improve efficiencies in energy consumption, increase production from renewable sources; develop the energy grid; balance the energy mix towards renewables; boost energy production on an urban scale; reduce the environmental impact; build zero carbon houses and develop the electric infrastructure.

In order to do so, a clear vision is needed spanning the whole energy value chain within a city. Government leadership needs to play a major role in the implementation of reform agendas. But do cities today really think beyond election periods when it comes to long term needs? Curious for your expertise ….
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