ICLEI 100% RE Cities and Regions Network leaders

These local and regional governments are leading a renewable energy shift in their jurisdictions.

City of Aspen, Colorado, USA

Target: Municipally-owned utility, Aspen Electric, powered by 100 percent renewable energy since 2015.

Renewable energy share: 46 percent hydro, 53 percent wind and 1 percent landfill gas. The City of Aspen has installed a 92 kilowatt solar electric PV system.

Key strategies: A combination of city owned and operated hydroelectric projects and power purchase contracts. The municipally-owned electric utility achieved 100 percent renewable energy by signing a contract with the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, a wholesale electric energy provider.

Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Target: Legislated target of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020 to be continued. Zero emissions from Government operations by 2040.  ACT’s targets at net zero emissions by 2045.

Key strategies: From 2020 the ACT Government will source all electricity from renewable sources; at least 50 percent of all newly leased ACT Government fleet passenger vehicles will be zero emissions vehicles in 2020.

Community solar, wind power and energy from waste are part of the renewable energy strategy in the Australian Capital Territory. The territory is also using a series of innovative large-scale reverse auctions that will deliver renewable energy to the territory at the lowest possible cost.

Byron Shire, Australia

Target: Net zero emissions in the stationary energy sector by 2025 and sourcing 100 percent of the Council's energy needs through renewable energy.

Renewable energy share: In progress

Key strategies: A range of renewable energy installations are planned, including Byron's plan to use the energy generated by a 5 MW solar farm to help Council achieve 100 percent net zero emissions by 2025 and to be a leader in the region with renewable energy solutions for the future.

Inje County, Republic of Korea

Target: 100 percent total installed capacity of renewable energy. 

Renewable energy share: Energy mix includes wind, solar thermal and photovoltaic, geothermal and small hydro plants. 

Key strategies: Inje County has identified five main policy pathways to achieve the renewable energy target: expansion of new renewable energy production, energy efficiency, energy conservation and creation of a civic culture and expansion of carbon sinks.

Jeju Province, Republic of Korea

Target: 100 percent renewable electricity and transport by 2030.

Renewable energy share: The energy mix includes wind, solar, and small hydro plants.

Key strategies: Jeju Province set the goal of “CFI (Carbon Free Island) JEJU by 2030’, and newly established the ‘CFI Action Plan 2030’, targeting a 33.9 percent reduction on greenhouse gas by 2030 compared to the BAU of the government. For this goal, Jeju has the four policy strategies: 100 percent responding to the provincial power demand with the new renewable energy; replacing 377,000 ones of the 300,000 provincial registration vehicles with eco-friendly electric cars (75 percent); realizing 0.071 TOE/million won in final consumption units; leading the new industry for energy convergence and integration.

City of Malmö, Sweden

Target: 100 percent renewable energy at community-scale by 2030, including electricity, heating and transport

Renewable energy share: 21 percent as of 2013

Key strategies: The city is increasing the production of local solar energy, removing legislative obstacles to wind power and reducing energy demand. Malmö is cooperating with property owners to facilitate energy efficiency measures in buildings and districts through various avenues, including matchmaking between owners and energy suppliers and testing of new business models.

Pingtung County, Chinese Taipei

Target: Pingtung County aims to use 100 percent green energy for people’s livelihood in the short term, with an installed capacity of about 1GW by the end of 2021.

Renewable energy share: Pingtung's County renewable energy share is around 6.0 percent in the overall Taiwan grid (operated by Taiwan Power Company).

Key strategies: In addition to developing the Disaster Prevention Microgrid, Pingtung County is also focused on compound green energy development, mainly combining solar energy with the land no longer feasible for agriculture or aquaculture. e.g., Illegal gravel mining backfilled region in Gaoshu township

District of Saanich, Canada

Target: By 2050, Saanich is 100 percent powered by renewable energy. Convert all oil heating systems to renewable heating systems by 2030 or sooner. Achieve net-zero GHG emissions from municipal operations by 2040 and from community by 2050.

Renewable energy share: Solar thermal, photovoltaic installations and biogas or Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).

Key strategies: A climate plan has identified a Pathway to achieving the 2050 climate targets identifying focus areas for intervention (Mobility & Transportation, Buildings & Infrastructure, Food & Materials). Resident's Climate Action Guidebook. Incentives for renewable and efficiency upgrades. Saanich adopted new BC Energy Step Code requirements that establish progressive performance steps in energy efficiency for new buildings.

Tshwane, South Africa

Target: 50 percent renewable energy at community-scale by 2030, and clear political interest in exploring the 100 percent renewable energy pathway

Renewable energy share: In progress

Key strategies: City initiatives include biogas recovery from waste to fuel the city-operated bus fleet and the installation of two solar powered electric vehicle charging stations. Tshwane is retrofitting municipal buildings with renewable energy installations and encouraging the installation of solar water heaters for private homes.

City of Vancouver, Canada

Target: 100 percent of the energy used in Vancouver is derived from renewable sources before 2050. Intermediate target of 55 percent energy used in Vancouver derived from renewable sources by 2030.

Renewable energy share: 31 percent, primarily hydro and a small percentage of biomass, biofuels, wind and solar.

Key strategies: The Climate Emergency Action Plan looks at making our city more walkable to reduce reliance on cars while accelerating work on cycling infrastructure. It is also improving energy efficiency in buildings through green building policies, bylaws, plans, and design standards to complement incentives for building retrofits. Investment in active transit infrastructure and build out the public electric vehicle charging network. Increase the number of solar panels on rooftops, heat pumps and building a low carbon Neighborhood Energy Utility. The Neighborhood Energy Strategy will help develop additional neighborhood energy systems throughout Vancouver. This work also includes a focus on reducing embodied carbon and begins work in negative emissions that will be required post 2050. Vancouver’s climate work is also relying on a Climate and Equity Working Group to ensure new policies don’t harm racialized and equity seeking groups and strive to support the local economy and improve equity for those in Vancouver who don’t have it.

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