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Sustainable Energy Policies for Smart Cities

International Energy Agency

About This Course

This course explores the multiple facets of enabling energy efficiency in Southeast Asian cities through efficient and smart technologies, policies and planning that meet local conditions and urban energy challenges. From getting an overall picture of how the urban system consumes energy, participants will then learn how it can be made more efficient through various clean energy policies along three main dimensions: spatial planning and transport, municipal services, and distributed energy resources.

The course is structured along three key modules, building on an introductory session looking at the integration of energy efficiency at the city level:

  1. Integrated spatial and transport planning will look at key principles underpinning both location-efficient planning and successful transit-oriented development cases by drawing on global and regional examples.
  2. Sustainable municipal services will introduce concepts on energy consumption of municipal services, its importance in public budgets and municipal welfare, and how to achieve multiple goals using energy efficiency. Municipal services cover: public lighting, water and wastewater, and municipal solid waste.
  3. Distributed energy resources will explore how the profile of rising energy demand in Southeast Asian cities can be matched with variable renewable energy sources and tapped further through efficiency measures and smart solutions including smart grids, smart EV charging and other demand flexibility mechanisms.

This course is an open-access version of the live online training jointly organised by the IEA and Singapore's Energy Market Authority, which took place from 7 to 10 September 2020.


The course is open to anyone with a basic understanding of urban and transport planning, municipal services, and energy policies.

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