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The energy impact of the urban environment

M. Santamouris

Department of Applied Physics, University of Athens

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URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND THE ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS

Today, it is well accepted that urbanization leads to a very high increase of energy use. Data on the energy and specific electricity consumption of major European cities are given by Eurostat.1 Data on the electricity consumption in European cities range from 60 GWh/year for Valetta to 26,452 GWh/year for London. The average electricity consumption calculated on the basis of available data for cities with more than a million inhabitants is around 4500 GWh per year. However, ...

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