Electrified Cities as Hubs for a sustainable transformation of metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia (EleCity Hubs 11/2017-04/2018)

Southeast Asian cities are situated between the poles of population and economic growth, an increasing energy and mobility demand, a diversified urban development, and large socio-economic differences. But Southeast Asian cities are also known for their affection towards innovations and technology uptake.

In terms of energy new evolving technologies allow today that a significant part of the energy demand of a city is covered by local and municipal sources. For this objective, the inner part of the metropoles as well as the peri-urban and the peri-rural surroundings need to be connected, thus allowing to optimize the energy flows across and within the city and balance sites of renewable energy generation and energy consumption. In this respect, cities could also play a key role in sustainable energy generation, emission mitigation and socio-economic development.

The project aims to investigate how a sustainable development of large urban metropoles in Southeast Asia can be achieved in the new era of renewable electricity generation and digital services supported by adapted urban planning instruments and governance processes.

So far, the following phases of the project were funded and organized:

  • Travelling Conference in three urban regions in Southeast Asia (Hanoi/Vietnam, Bangkok/Thailand, Manila/Philippines)
  • Initial preparation phase with stakeholder workshops and conference



Institute for Energy Economics and the Rational Energy Use – IER, (coord.)/ Institute of Urban Planning, Dept. of International Urbanism – SI / Institute of Building Energetics – IGE / Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Heidelberg (ifeu) / PTV group Karlsruhe, Dept. for Transport and Research 


UP SURP – School of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City/Philippines

CleanED – Clean Energy and Sustainable Development Laboratory at USTH in Hanoi/Vietnam 

JGSEE – the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment at KMUTT in Bangkok/Thailand