Rome, 20th April 2021 – Today, RES4Africa Foundation took part in the Workshop on Resilient, Smart and Sustainable Cities: the role of innovative technologies, efficiency and circularity for a climate neutral future, the collateral event organised in the framework of the G20 that, this year, sees Italy at its presidency. RES4Africa’s Secretary General Roberto Vigotti partecipated as speaker along with IEA, ENEL, ENEA and ENI, discussing about the crucial role of cities in terms of sustainability and development.
More than half of the world population already resides in urban areas and the same urban population will continue to increase in regions with low power access, such as in Sub-Saharan Africa. The transition towards net zero-carbon requires to redesign city models so that they can appear smart and resilient, involving data and digital technology that are essential to address climate change and to improve administrative processes by searching for efficiencies. Indeed, the achievement of CO? emission reductions and climate neutrality targets represent an important goal that can be pursued through an ambitious set of actions that involves transportation, buildings and waste. Cities can play a key role in climate changes issues by proposing a sustainable model characterized by the electrification of public services, innovative private-public partnerships and the digitalization of energy monitoring. Likewise, it is crucial to promote reliable, sustainable and affordable access to electricity for urban households, as a key enabler to achieve SDG7.
“There is a misperception that the urban poor are not challenged by inadequate access to electricity, as urban areas are closer to grids, but this approach ignores the informal and illegal nature of many settlements and fails to recognise the needs and rights of urban households to access reliable and affordable electricity.” highlighted Roberto Vigotti during its intervention, focused on challenges and opportunities for urban and peri-urban electricity provision “Addressing urban and peri-urban populations could rapidly and cost-effectively improve electrification, thus moving towards the achievement of SDG7, promoting solutions by preventing electricity theft and encouraging income generation from more energy-intensive economic pursuits.”.