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Energy Efficiency



Citiesconsume a bigger proportion of global energy. The sustainabledevelopment of cities is dependent on the promotion of energyefficiency through investing in renewable resources and smartmanagement strategies. Practical solutions may be derived from theconcept of energy efficiency to ensure the development priorities arenot sacrificed at the expense of attaining energy demands. The demandfor energy and emission of greenhouse gases are some of thehigh-rated issues on the global arena. Energy efficiency in urbancenters is a major challenge that must be given extraordinaryattention given the scale of greenhouse gas emissions. For energysaving opportunities to be achieved, it is important to putsignificant consideration into the primary objectives of theconstruction industry and the specific duties of the city planners.

Asa policy advisor, I would consider different aspects when it comes toenergy efficiency in the city. One of the recommendations would bethe adoption of renewable resources so as to capitalize on the energyefficiency of the houses and infrastructural operations. Some of therenewable sources that are readily available are solar energy andhydroelectric power sources. These renewable sources should power allstreet lights. LED lighting should be adopted for this purpose. Theconcept of “intelligent lights” should be rolled out on a largescale. These function automatically depending on the weathercondition and the traffic situation.

Secondly,I would suggest the wide-scale adoption of the concept ofretrofitting so as to reduce the city`s greenhouse gas emissionsignificantly. There is no doubt that the largest consumers ofelectricity in the globe are buildings. However, a significantproportion of energy efficiency potential of buildings isunexploited. In this approach, the concept of energy efficiency willbe passed to owners of buildings and further encouragement to adoptthe concept may be realized through the provision of tax incentives.Retrofits would, therefore, lead to drastic reduction in heatconsumption, hence improving the comfort within buildings.

Thirdly,I would propose a policy that champions for energy efficiency withinhomes. This will require the initial assessment of energy consumptionwithin homes. This can be achieved by contractors specialized in homeperformance. Through this approach, will be able to gain atop-to-bottom outlook of wasteful appliances and practices in homes.After the completion of this process, the contractors will providerecommendations that will aid in energy efficiency. These may includethe installation of efficient lighting systems, fitting of insulationsystems, the purchase of appliances which are certified, for example,energy star® and finally, using heating systems withhigh-efficiency.

Thetransport system is also viable for consideration when it comes toenergy efficiency. There is a significant number of cars in New YorkCity. To ensure energy efficiency, I would guarantee theimplementation of public transit systems which would encourage morepeople to use these systems other than personal cars. Furthermore,the city should introduce wide lanes for bicycles and accessiblewalking paths for pedestrians. Alternative fuel vehicles should beused, to avoid the over-reliance on the energy source.

Finally,it is vital for the city planners to ensure that all stakeholders areinvolved to ensure the successful implementation of energy efficiencyprograms. These stakeholders include city residents, companies,workers, and even visitors.