Habitats of Tomorrow
Solar Cities Initiative
The ISES Solar Cities Initiative - Habitats of Tomorrow - is aimed at promoting the greater use of renewable energy (RE) within the context of long-term planning for sustainable urban development.
The focus is on cities as complete systems, and involves establishing targets for energy use and emission reduction, identifying performance indicators, and developing planning strategies aimed at improved performance, within the framework of existing city networks. It sees each city as a unique laboratory for studying the effect of dense urbanisation on energy and the environment, and for determining the required changes and additions to the urban environment needed for sustainability and improving the standard of living for city inhabitants.
A Solar Community is a city or town that made a firm commitment to clear and ambitious emissions reduction targets, also recognising that RE sources and energy efficiency are necessary to achieve sustainable energy provision.
European Solar Cities Project
The first project under the ISES initiative was started in January 2002, supported by the European Commission EESD Programme. The Solar Cities 'European Habitats of Tomorrow' Project presents useful information to European cities and towns that will assist them in identifying and implementing activities that will reduce harmful emissions, moving towards sustainable and secure energy provision, using local resources.
January 2002 - December 2003