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If like me you live in a city, your average day may look much like mine: I wake up in the morning, commute to work, spend a day at the office, return home, and switch off the lights to sleep. At each step, I interact with services powered by energy. From transport and street lighting to heating and cooling in buildings, what supports my day-to-day life are energy services accessed locally. My most immediate relationship with energy is therefore at the city level, and this is precisely why cities are so vital in the global push for sustainability.

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This article was published in the APUEA Magazine No.1/2018. See the full magazine on