Future Cities: Implications for the strategic planning of the energy transition

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Global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions have almost achieved the pre-pandemic peak level in 2021[1]. In the past decade, decarbonisation of energy systems has become a focal point of national Net Zero policies as well as of municipal strategies and local initiatives.

The transition to renewable and low-carbon energy sources is a major challenge that leads to significant changes in all areas of the energy value chain, from energy system design to demand side.

However, the energy transition is not a process decided just once. It is constantly exposed to new risks and uncertainties that must be considered and assessed at all governance levels.

Global energy systems in times of transition and disruption

Dr Simon Bennett  

How to address future uncertainties in municipal energy transition

Dr Diana Khripko

Diana will provide insights from the EU-funded ACCESS project [2] on the application of the foresight techniques to derive implications for local energy systems.


Dr Simon Bennett

Simon is responsible for new technology analysis in the International Energy Agency’s annual World Energy Investment report and the innovation work stream of the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Programme, focused on emerging markets and developing economies. He also writes about hydrogen for the World Energy Outlook.

Previously, he worked at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy and as an analyst of hydrogen, CCS and innovation. He holds MSc degrees in chemistry and environmental technology and a PhD in energy policy. 


Diana KhripkoDr Diana Khripko

Diana is a Senior Solution Development Specialist at the IfM Engage with expertise in strategy, innovation and technology management, who works closely with energy sector and local authorities internationally supporting them in achieving their sustainability goals.

She has conducted research in smart grids, distributed energy systems and industrial energy efficiency and worked in the energy sector in Europe and developing countries. Diana holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kassel, Germany and Masters degree in Industrial Engineering – Environmental Technologies. 


Webinar host

This webinar is co-hosted by Professor Dr Jung Hoon Lee, who is Director, Centre for DT Technology Management, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea and Visiting Academic Fellow, Centre for Technology Management, IfM





[1] International Energy Agency (2022). Global Energy Review: CO2 Emissions in 2021 Global emissions rebound sharply to highest ever level. Online: https://www.iea.org/reports/global-energy-review-co2-emissions-in-2021-2

[2] Advancing Communities towards low-Carbon Energy Smart Systems (ACCESS). Interreg Europe project supported by the North Sea Programme of the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union. Online: https://northsearegion.eu/access/