Madrid Subterra, an urban energy sustainability project

What are cities’ commitments to sustainable development and energy efficiency? How can cities collaborate to improve the global environment? This article from the Madrid Subterra association, an organisation dedicated to the exploration and exploitation of energy originating from the urban subsoil, analyses the commitment of cities to the efficient development of our energy supply systems. It sets out some alternatives to the consumption of traditional fuels and invites us to explore the huge energy potential hidden beneath large urban centres such as Madrid.

According to the latest figures provided by the United Nations, some 55% of the world’s population lives in cities. This means that 70% of the earth’s greenhouse gases (GHG) are generated by large conurbations and these account for around 70% of the world’s energy consumption. Many organisms have warned about the need to reverse this situation, setting cities real environmental commitments as well as giving them a leading role in the fight against climate change.


Some of these commitments were set out in the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III, the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that took place in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. In this new roadmap, cities undertake real objectives for the next 20 years to eradicate poverty, to protect the planet and to guarantee prosperity for all. Here is a reminder of some of these obligations. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2017