Do you have already an energy supply network and are you using decentralized renewable energies (e.g. hydro-electric power, biogas and wind energy) instead of conventional power stations (e.g. coal power station) in your region?
New forms of energy supply could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy production and consumption planning is an important part of land-use as well as economic development planning. Existing structures should be developed to be more energy efficient. Furthermore, the vulnerability of large power stations caused by extreme weather events can be reduced. A smaller and diversified energy infrastructure in your region is less vulnerable to such events. Decentralised renewable energy production is beneficial, especially in the areas with less dense populations (e.g. small bio-heated distance heating plants for small villages).
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