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High Energy consumption and Co2 emissions
Today, about 75% of Europeans live in urban areas and consume 70% of the total energy produced. This, in turn, accounts for 75% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Clearly cities make a significant contribution to the EU’s GHG emissions, which highlights their centrality to achieving the EU 20-20-20 sustainability objectives. Smart and innovative cities will need to make the best use of Europe’s great capacity for research and innovation to design new energy efficient buildings and renovate the existing stock of old buildings with innovative insulation materials and solutions that combine with ICT tools to produce and distribute Renewable Energy Sources (RES). Click here to see how chemistry is providing solutions to our energy consumption challenges.