CONTINUAL URBAN GROWTH PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION IN THE WAY WE GENERATE AND DISTRIBUTE ENERGY.
THE CONFERENCE WAS THE LARGEST IN IDEA’S HISTORY, WITH MORE THAN 960 ATTENDEES FROM 22 COUNTRIES, 39 STATES AND 5 CANADIAN PROVINCES.
IDEA 2015: INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION Written by Brad Bradford
Cities still represent the best opportunity for more sustainable, resilient, and lower carbon futures. With roughly three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide coming from our urban centers, cities also present a large environmental policy challenge. While our cities and metros house more than half of the global population today, that number is expected to increase to 75% by 2050. Continual urban growth presents opportunities for new investment and innovation in the way we generate and distribute energy. 60 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
District energy and combined heat and power (CHP) continue to emerge as a key strategy for towns and cities seeking large scale energy savings and emissions reductions. From recovering industrial surplus heat, to tapping renewable sources of cooling, to harvesting indigenous fuel resources, utilities are joining forces with cities to bridge multiple pathways to successful district energy implementation. The International District Energy Association’s 106th Annual Conference and Trade Show, entitled “Inspiring the Next Genera-
tion,” took place June 28 – July 1 in IDEA’s hometown of Boston, MA. The conference was the largest in IDEA’s history, with more than 960 attendees from 22 countries, 39 states, 5 Canadian provinces and over 340 different cities, including government officials, regulators, municipal staff, planners, sustainability directors, system owners and operators, attorneys, consultants, manufacturers, and suppliers. The conference featured a full schedule of technical presentations, captivating panel discussions, invaluable peer exchange and many opportunities to interact