Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

Important note:
Due to insufficient academic interest, we regret to inform you that the Toronto conference had to be cancelled. We have prepared alternative options for the work of authors who already submitted papers to the Toronto Conference. All the authors were informed via email and in case of any doubt, please contact us at

For those interested in other SDEWES conferences in 2024, please check our upcoming conferences: 2nd Asia Pacific SDEWES Conference (April in Gold Coast, Australia) or 19th SDEWES Conference (September in Rome, Italy)

If you are interested in participating in the Green Building Festival in Toronto, on June 16th, organized by Sustainable Buildings Canada, please follow the link:



University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia

Instituto Superior Técnico
Lisbon, Portugal
in cooperation with:

Aalborg University
Aalborg, Denmark

University of Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia

Brno University of Technology
Brno, Czech Republic

Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Carleton University
Toronto, Canada

University of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Griffith University
Queensland, Australia

Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom

Paderborn University
Paderborn, Germany

University of Palermo
Palermo, Italy

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Industrial University of Santander
Bucaramanga, Colombia

University of Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

University of Tirana
Tirana, Albania

Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

York University
Toronto, Canada


Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.