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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CITY ENERGY STRATEGY?
 
The conference will be inspirational and practical and will build on why a city energy strategy is so important, what it is and how to do it. It will look at:
 
energy strategies and competitive cities - how having an energy strategy in place is part of establishing a city's comparative advantage in the global economy
   
energy strategies and inclusive cities - energy poverty, access to urban goods, quality of life
   
why sustainable energy is everyone's business
   
energy and improving municipal financial sustainability
   
the role of cities in climate change and carbon mitigation
   
energy efficiency and the responsibilities and opportunities for local authorities
   

The review of international and local case studies will provide a strategic perspective for planning programmes and projects. As one of the first "south cities" to develop such a strategy, the City of Cape Town will be presenting its energy strategy process and content. A toolkit will enable participants to start the process in their own local authorities.