Number of cities mostly powered by renewable energy has more than doubled since 2015

Signal of change / Number of cities mostly powered by renewable energy has more than doubled since 2015

By Shola Powell / 01 Mar 2018

The number of cities reporting to be at least 70% powered by clean energy has risen from 42 in 2015 to 101 in 2017. Data collected by the non-profit environmental impact researcher CDP found that 43 cities worldwide are entirely powered by clean energy, 30 of which are in Latin America. Much of this drive for city-level climate action in the past year was spurred by the creation of a global covenant of over 7,400 mayors, after President Trump’s decision to withdraw form the Paris accord.

So what?

This data shows that not only do cities have the ambition to shift to renewable energy, but also have the commitment and capability to successfully make the transition. It also shows that the renewables market has become commercially attractive and able to compete with non-renewable energy sources.    Should the responsibility of climate change action be held at the city-level?

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/27/cities-powered-clean-energy-renewable

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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