The global transition to a renewable energy future is gaining momentum as renewables are now established as mainstream sources of energy. 2015 was a record breaking year for new installations, policy targets, investment and jobs - and cities are at the center of current and future advancements.
Energy Technology Perspectives 2016, released today by the International Energy Agency at the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial, focuses on the instrumental role of cities in achieving long term sustainability and climate goals. It show there are a number of cost effective sustainable energy options available to cities and that realizing this potential will require enhanced communication and cooperation across different levels of government.
The Renewables 2016 Global Status Report by REN21, also released today at the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial, provides a comprehensive overview of the renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide, noting that cities, communities and companies are leading the quickly expanding 100 percent renewable energy movement, which is helping to propel the global energy transition.
The Global Status Report draws on data from the ICLEI-managed carbonn Climate Registry that show the scale of local renewable energy action, as well as examples of cities participating in the Global 100% Renewable Energy Cities and Regions Network.
ICLEI endorses both reports and their role in highlighting the strength of the renewable energy market and the importance of investments in renewable sources at the city level. Unlocking the global renewable energy potential needs expertise and action at the city level - an area in which ICLEI is actively engaged, while also supporting access to finance for and investments by local governments.
Watch a presentation of the Renewables 2016 Global Status Report here.