Resilient power: Cities rethinking the future of energy infrastructures

20. October 9:00 - 10:15

The increasing occurrence of nature-based extreme events is causing serious damage to critical infrastructures and urban assets. Their frequency and scale are worsening, threatening the safety and quality of life of our communities.

In this session cities and stakeholders of the Urban Transitions Mission will delve into the future climate scenarios in Europe and their implications for the resilience of urban infrastructures and the energy system. Policy makers, experts and IPCC scientists will discuss how data-driven climate scenarios and tools can help cities in identifying climate risks, avoid lock-ins and roll-out innovative responses to these threats.

The session is part of EURESFO’s topic 3: Mainstreaming solutions for a just transformative pathway. As such, with the facilitation of UTM, tangible and pragmatic solutions for the resilience of energy infrastructures  will be analysed and discussed by the panel. Panellists will address the questions “What integrated solutions developed and tested over the past decade can effectively support cities and regions in their resilience journey towards 2030 and beyond? In the last 10 years, what solution has proven most efficient and beneficial for your local resilience 2030 climate policies?”.

Additional questions are as follows:

  • What is needed to bring energy systems to scale in line with the resilience challenges towards 2030?
  • Is energy infrastructure today more resilient than 10 years ago? Are they sufficiently mature to meet the resilience challenges?
  • What solutions can improve resilience of key energy systems and improve societal resilience?
  • And what standardisation processes can support cities and regions in their challenge towards 2030?

Interaction with the audience is foreseen via the use of Slido and an open floor Q&A section towards the end of the panel.


This session is part of the Mainstreaming solutions for a just transformative pathway: an integrated approach to resilience stream.


Giorgia Rambelli

Director, Urban Transitions Mission

Giorgia Rambelli, Director, Urban Transitions Mission

Giorgia has over 13 years of experience in the fields of climate and energy to support local and subnational governments in developing sound policies, science-based and data driven plans and solutions in response to the challenges of climate change. Giorgia worked as the Coordinator for climate policy and energy governance at the European Secretariat of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability. Giorgia has worked with the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) Secretariat since 2020, where she led the work on Global-Regional Coherence and Coordination, working to support the GCoM alliance partners to implement the mission and vision of the GCoM across the world, while respecting Regional and national contexts. 



João Dinis

Head of Office / Director, Cascais city

João Dinis, Head of Office / Director, Cascais city

João Dinis has been developing climate change action and sustainable development strategies through innovative approaches on spatial planning, technology and governance models for the last 15 years. By managing local strategies for climate change, partnerships and stakeholders are brought in a multi-specialist and multi-institutional approach to develop a roadmap towards a resilient future. This resulted in a frontrunning experience which led to the implementation of over 40 climate actions in the last 5 years for the city of Cascais, the development of monitoring and digital tools which help both citizens and risk related stakeholders, nature-based solutions which significantly contributed to the quality of life of citizens and also for smooth mobility solutions, governance models with established processes and a comprehensive set of communication tools aiming towards environmental awareness for all socio-demographic target audiences.

Rui Frazao

CapaCITIES Project, Directorate General for Energy and Geology, Portugal

Rui Frazao, CapaCITIES Project, Directorate General for Energy and Geology, Portugal
Agnieszka Spirydowicz

CEO Zgorzelecki Klaster Energii

Agnieszka Spirydowicz, CEO Zgorzelecki Klaster Energii

Head of Development in Lower Silesian Hydrogen Valley. President of Zklaster (Zgorzelecki Klaster Energii ) - one of the biggest and most well known energy communities in Poland based in the challenging Turów region. Policy Expert in Convenant of Mayors. Member of a Counselling Board in National Chamber of Energy Clusters and newly created from JTF Institute for Autonomous Vehicles. Board consultant for e-vehicle project eVan funded by the Polish government. Green Deal expert. Experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Public Speaking, English, Management, Marketing. Strong business development professional. Expert on Just Transition cooperating with EU and Polish authorities. Author of publications on RES and Just Transition including RePowet Turow project.

Yann Françoise

Deputy director of ecological transition for the City of Paris

Yann Françoise, Deputy director of ecological transition for the City of Paris

27 years serving to cities for tackling climate change. Yann FRANÇOISE is Deputy head of Climate and Ecological Transition Directorate. Since 2004, he has been led Paris Climate Action strategies gathering commitments and actions of all Paris’ community, from citizens to companies. This department has developed different tools and plans for reducing Paris’ carbon footprint and adapting Paris face to climate change issues. UNFCCC awarded in 2021 the Paris Climate Action. In 2021, he published “Paris face to climate change” a survey on Paris climate change vulnerability. In 2022, with IOM, he coordinated a survey about “climate migrations and Paris, risk and opportunities”. He represents the city of Paris at technical level at Global Covenant, C40, and other international organisations. He is co-author of Summary for Urban Policymakers of IPCC reports (SR1.5 & AR6).

Lina Liakou

Global Director of Network Engagement and Head for Europe and the Middle East for the Resilient Cities Network

Lina Liakou, Global Director of Network Engagement and Head for Europe and the Middle East for the Resilient Cities Network

Lina is a senior professional with international expertise in city governance, sustainability and resilience. An inspiring leader and strategic thinker with experience in transforming cities and organizations. She is currently leading the Resilient Cities Network's global city engagement work and the network's resilience practice in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Lina was Deputy Mayor for Urban Resilience and Development Planning for the City of Thessaloniki in Greece.Lina is a trained architect and urban designer.