The number of cities gaining over 70% of their energy supply through renewable energy has increased considerably to double the size of previous figures recorded in 2015.
Image result for reykjavikFigure: The city of Reykjavik generates all of its energy from hydropower and geothermal sources
With further momentum developing for cities to make the transition towards cleaner energy sources, more cities are now reducing their reliance on fossil fuels and adopting renewable energy as their dominant source of energy supply.
In a recent report delivered by the nonprofit environmental research business CDP, data suggested that 101 of the 570 cities recorded were generating at least 70% of their energy supply from renewable energy resources. Back in 2015, the number of cities at this measure was only 42. The data highlights cities from across the world including, Vancouver, Nairobi, Auckland and Seattle, of which these cities source nearly all of their power from renewables.
Over 40 cities now operate completely on renewable energy. This includes cities such as Basel, Reykjavik, which generates all of its energy from geothermal and hydropower.
The report highlights the vital role clean energy is playing in our society and in powering the largest and most dominant economic hubs across the globe. The CDP report suggests that a combination of hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar were seen as the dominant sources of energy generation for the listed cities. More and more towns and larger cities are now showing their commitment towards renewable energy and achieving a target of 100% renewables by 2050. This includes over 80 areas across the UK such as Manchester, Birmingham, and Newcastle.
The CDP data highlights some of the most sustainable and ‘greenest’ areas for new business development and the economic benefits available to companies looking to make the transition towards more cleaner energy generation. The data suggest that collectively, cities are investing in excess of $2.2 billion into 150 clean energy projects, with a further $52 billion being placed directly into low carbon urban infrastructure developments including electrifying transport networks, smart city construction and energy efficiency enhancements.
Kyra Appleby, the director of cities for CDP explained that cities are responsible for a massive amount of CO2 emissions from the energy industry and therefore there is a huge potential for urban areas to lead the development of a more sustainable economy. Appleby explains that the data highlights whilst there is much to be done, cities are showing their commitment and are making the shift towards renewable energy. The CDP is encouraging all cities to work together and through the development of renewable energy achieve the goals created by the Paris Agreement.
The data comes soon after many cities across the US showed their disfavour of Trump’s choice of climate policy and have shown their support towards moving to 100% renewable energy. Nearly 60 cities and towns across the US have confirmed this move.
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