More than 90 delegates from 21 countries and 40 organisations attended the International Conference on Energy and Cities 2019 (ICEC2019) which took place from 10 to 12 July 2019 in Southampton, UK. With the occasion being the second in the series of academic fora promoted by the International Academic Alliance for Low Carbon Cities, Neighbourhoods and Buildings (IAA-LCCNB).

Members of the IAA-LCCNB, members of parliament, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations and private-sector representatives, as well as leading academics and students from the field of energy and cities came together to exchange ideas and good practice and create and strengthen partnerships to guide cities in realising sustainable futures. With the various sessions featuring presentations from leaders in academia, politics and industry.

Over the course of the three-day conference, participants discussed ways to implement innovation in renewable energy and energy efficiency to propel cities towards low carbon pathways. Deliberating how integrated governance and multi-stakeholder partnerships can produce technical and policy solutions needed to achieve energy efficiency, reduce consumption and provide thermal comfort to citizens.

The conference included a number of insightful key note presentations, all of whom provided brief interviews during the conference which can be viewed here along with the ICEC 2019 gallery.

Alongside the main conference sessions, a parallel session ‘Lessons Learnt from a 5-year Ofgem LCNF Funded Project’ took place enriching the conference with findings from the Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency (SAVE) project. Participants had the option to learn of the key findings and take part in a panel discussion with members of the SAVE project team.

A closing ceremony to award the prize for Best Oral Presentation of ICEC 2019, awarded by the Open access Journal Energies, took place announcing Cong Song from Xi’an University of Architecture & Technology the winner for her presentation ‘Thermal Physiological Basis for Partial Space Heating Strategies in Sleeping Thermal Environment Regulation’.

Conference documents distributed to delegates included a conference programme, profiles of key speakers and oral presentation abstracts. All conference details and news items are now available to view at the conference website.