Benchmarking the sustainability of urban energy, water and environment systems and envisioning a cross-sectoral scenario for the future

2019-04-01
Kılkış, Şiir
Urban areas provide strategic settings for attaining more sustainable urban systems. This paper provides fivefold contributions to the literature based on the Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems City Index. A comprehensive benchmarking of 120 cities is undertaken of which the first three cities are found to be Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki. Uncertainty and sensitivity analyses are conducted by comparing the original ranking with those based on Monte Carlo simulations and three aggregation schemes with and without the use of the geometric mean. The ranking of cities that take place in the 95% confidence interval and strong coefficients of correlation are found to suggest aspects of index robustness. As the third contribution, a scenario that represents the cross-sectoral strategy of utilizing residual energy in the urban vicinity from the industry, thermal power generation, wastewater, and urban biowaste is applied to 60 cities. The integration of data from the Pan-European Thermal Atlas provides additional practical value to local decision-makers who can assess possible improvements in city performance through such an approach. Fourth, 13 city pairs of 3 or more cities with the same above or below average performances across the dimensions of the index are identified as another means of supporting policy-learning opportunities. The fifth contribution synthesizes the original results of the research work to discuss the need for integrated urban transitions and proposes a vision for cities to envision the sustainable development of urban energy, water and environment systems. The research work provides analytical support to cities in a time when local actors are tasked with a mission that is nothing less than leading the transition to net-zero emissions by mid-century.
RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS

Suggestions

Benchmarking South East European Cities with the Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Index
Kılkış, Şiir (2018-03-01)
Tools that can benchmark cities, including cities in South East Europe, are necessary to enable the comparison and diffusion of more sustainable practices for urban systems. The "Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Index" provides a composite indicator for benchmarking city performance based on 7 dimensions and 35 main indicators. In this research work, the Index is applied to a new sample of 18 cities in South East Europe for which data is collected, normalized, and aggregated....
Benchmarking South East European Cities with the Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Index
Kılkış, Şiir (2018-03-01)
Tools that can benchmark cities, including cities in South East Europe, are necessary to enable the comparison and diffusion of more sustainable practices for urban systems. The "Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Index" provides a composite indicator for benchmarking city performance based on 7 dimensions and 35 main indicators. In this research work, the Index is applied to a new sample of 18 cities in South East Europe for which data is collected, normalized, and aggregated....
Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Index for policy learning in cities
Kılkış, Şiir (2018-01-01)
Policy learning between cities is a vital process to enable the diffusion of more sustainable practices. The Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Index provides a composite indicator to benchmark city performance based on 7 dimensions and 35 main indicators. In this research work, the SDEWES Index is applied to 25 cities. Data are collected, normalised, and aggregated to obtain the results. Stockholm (3.29), Espoo (3.25) and Sevilla (2.98) are the top three cities. An av...
Assessment of sub-center development: Batikent, Ankara
Celep, Serhat; Günay, Baykan; Urban Design in City and Regional Planning Department (2009)
Sub-center formation is closely come out when urban environment started to grow and by decentralization and sub-urbanization process to lower the congestions and increase the efficiency in urban life. Besides, by means of rising problems of the growth in an urban area, there emerged the need to share the central activities within the metropolitan region. The growth followed by creation of new towns in the peripheries. Within that organization of the city, sub-centers started to appear to share the burden of...
Functional decline in the case of Salıpazarı, Istanbul
Eslami Taheri, Aslan; Uzun, Cemile Nil; Urban Design in City and Regional Planning Department (2013)
Urban decline is one of the most important factors dealing with the creation of urban ills and formation of slums in the city centers. This study investigates the roots of urban decline in urban areas. In order to do so, symptoms, types, causes and participant factors dealing with the process of urban decline are investigated. Also functional decline, as one of the most important triggers of urban decline, is introduced and its force that results in low quality of urban places is explored. The scale of part...
Citation Formats
Ş. Kılkış, “Benchmarking the sustainability of urban energy, water and environment systems and envisioning a cross-sectoral scenario for the future,” RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS, vol. 103, pp. 529–545, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/94809.