CDP: 42 cities operating on 100% renewable electricity

CDP: 42 cities operating on 100% renewable electricity

Vancouver, Canada sources all its electricity from renewables. And it’s done so without increasing household energy bills.

CDP published a new report concluding how much progress cities are making towards a more renewable future:

Explore the Open Data Portal for more on how cities across the globe are taking environmental action.

The global environmental impact non-profit CDP, holds information from over 570 of the world’s cities and names over 100 (see list below)

The list includes large cities such as Auckland (New Zealand); Nairobi (Kenya); Oslo (Norway); Seattle (USA) and Vancouver (Canada), and is more than double the 42 cities who reported that they were powered by at least 70% green energy in 2015.

World Economic Forum

According to the World Economic Forum, unsubsidized renewables were the cheapest source of electricity in 30 countries in 2017, with renewables predicted to be consistently more cost effective than fossil fuels globally by 2020.

CDP reports that cities are currently instigating renewable energy developments valued at US$2.3 billion, across nearly 150 projects.

This forms part of a wider shift by cities to develop 1,000 clean infrastructure projects, such as electric transport and energy efficiency, worth over US$52 billion.

CDP data

CDP provides the global platform for cities to measure, manage and disclose their environmental data. They work with over 570 cities measuring and disclosing environmental data each year to manage emissions, build resilience, protect themselves from climate impacts and create better places for people to live and work.

These cities are disclosing over 8,000 urban sustainability actions, demonstrating their commitment to building a sustainable economy and tackling climate change. A growing momentum of the renewable energy cities movement beyond the UK, with cities around the world now aiming to switch from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Kyra Appleby, Director of Cities, CDP said: “Cities are responsible for 70% of energy-related CO2 emissions and there is immense potential for them to lead on building a sustainable economy. Reassuringly, our data shows much commitment and ambition. Cities not only want to shift to renewable energy but, most importantly – they can. We urge all cities to disclose to us, work together to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and prioritize the development of ambitious renewable energy procurement strategies. The time to act is now.”

Showing a diverse mix of energy sources, 275 cities are now reporting the use of hydropower, with 189 generating electricity from wind and 184 using solar photovoltaics. An additional 164 use biomass and 65 geothermal.

Link to the list of cities powered by least 70% renewables

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