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Pingtung engages in Global 100% Renewable Energy Cities and Regions Network

Magistrate Men-An Pan, head of the Pingtung County local government in Chinese Taipei, made a public commitment to explore a 100 renewable energy target and to be an active participant in the Global 100% Renewable Energy Cities and Regions Network.



“Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow” sees an urban future with EcoMobility

On 1-2 June 2016, the German Habitat Forum brought together over 1,000 attendees from 74 countries. The main outcome of this meeting was the “Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow”, a set of recommendations contributing to negotiations on the New Urban Agenda, which will be adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. During this event, ICLEI –...



Canada ramping up climate action by empowering low-carbon communities

A new report from Columbia Institute, “Top Asks for Climate Action”, underscores how Canada can ramp up climate action by empowering local communities. Building on the crucial role of Canadian local governments, whose decisions directly or indirectly impact over 50% of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the report suggests levers for federal, provincial and territorial elected governments to facilitate the work of local leaders and help...



Sino-US cities join hands for win-win cooperation in air quality improvement and low-carbon development

ICLEI continues to advance Sino-US partnerships in air quality improvement and low-carbon city development with NDRC and partners at 2nd Sino-US Climate Leaders Summit



Renewable energy is rising with cities at the center

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...



Australian Capital Territory, powered by 100% renewable energy by 2020, heads towards zero emissions by 2050

ICLEI Member Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will have 100% of its electricity needs met by renewable energy by 2020, announced Simon Corbell, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change on 29 April 2016. “The ACT Government is already an international leader in renewable energy and today I am pleased to announce that we have committed to the strongest legislated target of 100% renewable energy within the next four years,” Corbell...



Taipei joins global movement in achieving international standards for sustainable cities

In December 2014, residents of Taipei elected a new Mayor who has an unprecedented dedication to the principles of urban sustainability. In March of 2015, a mere four months after his election, Mayor Ko Wen-je laid out his vision for the city, characterizing his Taipei as “…on the path [to] economic growth while achieving zero growth of energy consumption.” Mayor Ko also outlined his aspirations for Taipei to become a “sustainable metropolis,...


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