CitySelfy focus on Water Energy Food resources production and use within the city boundaries, explicit its interlinkages to show how and at what extent healthy food, safely managed water and affordable, reliable and modern energy services can be provided endogenously to its inhabitants, without hamper the city sustainability in the future.
Self-sufficiency will be used to push the research to the frontier of natural resource use management (by changing the paradigm from centralized and rural productive models to city-families based ones, and by adopting innovative consumer profiles).
CitySelfy will expand a peer-reviewed technology-based Energy system optimization tool: interlinkages with Water
and Food resources, Technologies and practices + social preferences and economic profiles of its inhabitants.
Structured survey will portray this information, as well as their willingness to accept and pay consumer changes and new technologies and products (e.g. food from environment controlled urban farming).
Results will inform WEF demand scenarios and local production potential, to feed the optimization tool.
Several levels of self-sufficiency, and climate changes impacts projected for the region, will be tested, and its impact in city sustainability assessed taking social, economic and environmental indicators (e.g., employment, families’ welfare, carbon emissions and land use).