To implement the Paris Climate Agreement an almost complete phasing out of fossil energy supply by 2050 is required. This presents enormous challenges for the society, but also offers opportunities for research and industry to pave the way for a sustainable global energy system. The ISEC 2020 will focus on solutions for the heating and cooling sector in urban and industrial contexts. In the climate change debate there is mutual agreement that this area needs more attention.
Consumption of energy for heating and cooling remains heavily based on fossil fuels and contributes to nearly 40% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Modern renewable heat supplies only around 10% of the global heating and cooling demand and has not grown significantly. Policy awareness on increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency in the heating and cooling sectors continues to be lacking. Only around 20% of countries have national targets for heating and cooling. Particularly, in developing countries the awareness on the latest technology innovations remains low.
The ISEC 2020 sees itself as a promoter of innovative ideas and a forum of exchange between research, industry and policy. It also facilitates dialogue and knowledge transfer between industrialised and developing countries. In this context, the centers of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers (GN-SEC) and UNIDO will contribute to the conference by bringing in the perspectives and particular needs of developing countries.
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