New Data on Cities powered by Renewable Energy
On February 27th, 2018, The Guardian published an article focusing on new data, published by CDP, a not-for-profit environmental impact researcher according to which, 101 of the more than 570 cities on its books, sourced at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources in 2017, compared to 42 cities in 2015, thus the number or cities powered by clean energy has more than doubled.“Cities not only want to shift to renewably energy, but, most importantly – they can.” Kyra Appleby, CDP’s director of cities stated.
Burlington, Vermont, was the only US city, reporting to CDP that sourced all its power from renewable sources, after having fully transitioned in 2015 and now it is focusing on how to become zero-carbon.
Across the US, 58 towns and cities, have set a target of 100% renewable energy.
CDP data showed 43 cities worldwide were already entirely powered by clean energy, with the 30 of those cities located in Latin America.
In Britain, 14 more cities had signed up to the UK100 local government network’s target of 100% clean energy by 2050, bringing the total number of cities to 84.
Europe topped the list for projects open for investment, but laid claim to just 20% of the 101 cities to be predominantly powered by clean energy.
Reykjavik, the capital of Ireland, is sourcing all electricity from hydropower and geothermal and it is currently working to make all cars and public transit fossil-free by 2040.
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