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2014 Energy Summit

Global Energy Outlook on October 29, 2014

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Meeting Needs for Future Cities and Communities

In the 21st century, cities will account for 90% of global population growth, 80% of CO2 emissions, and 75% of global use of energy, water and food. The United Nations estimates that by 2050, almost three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities. For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s human population resides in cities. While global population approaches ten billion, large urban areas are becoming megacities. People are moving to cities to find employment, education, health care, arts and music and higher standards of living. Energy, water and food supply, demand, use and impacts are at the core of this growing trend.


The 2014 Energy Summit will bring international stakeholders to UW-Madison for mutually beneficial discussions around pressing technical and policy-related energy issues facing the world. With a focus on addressing energy challenges and demands associated with urbanization and the growing population, the program will unite prominent industry leaders, researchers, policymakers and students. Attendees will connect with UW-Madison resources, network with one another and share perspectives on the future of energy.


  • Sustainable Energy for Global Cities
  • Energy Planning and Policy Issues
  • Energy, Air, Healthy Cities
  • Water-Energy Nexus and Sustainable Supply
  • Managing Weather and Climate Risks to Urban Electricity
  • Energy-Efficient Urban Transportation Planning