UN Sustainable Development Goals set 17 goals to transform our world which include ‘affordable and clean energy’ in No. 7 and ‘sustainable cities and communities’ in No. 11 to be achieved in 15 years. Paris agreement set by UNFCCC implies zero carbon emissions toward the year 2050.
Conventional energy system requires drastic and consistent changes based on an ideal design which satisfies multiple energy demands in future. The point of design inspires stakeholders to integrate physical, economic, and social dimensions to lead optimized energy configuration with less carbon emissions as well as reasonable costs. A practical approach of integrated design for sustainable energy systems is proposed to aid long term transition toward the Goals based on geographical/dynamic analysis. The approach has three dimensions, which are A) physical integration, B) spatial integration, and C) time transition. The point is illustrated based on our several case studies in Japan, in particular for earthquake area stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Data driven innovation provides major impetus for designing sustainable energy systems in near future.
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