Governments all over the world are transcending towards renewable sources of energy instead of using oil and gas produced from fossil fuels.
The benefits realized for the number of cities globally include increasing cleaner energy. And, the cities said to be reporting that they are chiefly powered by clean energy has doubled since 2015.
According to data presented by a global environmental impact non-profit organization, CDP (previously known as Carbon Disclosure Project), it was found that 101 of over 570 cities sourced around 70% of their electricity from renewable sources in 2017, as compared to 42 in 2015. The cities include Washington, Seattle, Oslo, Vancouver, Norway, Canada, Kenya, and Nairobi.
Nicolette Bartlett, Director of Climate Change CDP stated that the increase could be attributed to a global shift towards renewable energy and more cities reporting to CDP. Meanwhile, Kyra Appleby, CDP’s Director of cities highlighted the changing tide of large urban centres like Auckland, Oslo, Nairobi, and Brasília moving away from fossil fuels. She added that cities were responsible for 70% of energy-related CO2 emissions and that there was an immense potential for them to build a sustainable economy.
In the past year, the drive for climate action at city level has reportedly occurred on counts of the global covenant of over 7,400 mayors forming due to Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.
Burlington, Vermont, which is now exploring on how to become zero-carbon was the only US-city reporting to CDP that sourced all of its power from renewable sources. Apart from which, across the 58 towns and cities in the US inclusive of San Diego and Atlanta, a target of 100% renewable energy has been set.
The CDP data shows that 43 cities were already powered entirely by clean energy. Meanwhile, the World Economic Forum shared that the cheapest source of electricity in 2017 for 30 countries was from unsubsidised renewables. And, renewables would be more cost-effective than fossil fuels by 2020.