Urban China: the challenge and the hope


An increasingly urban matter?

Humanity has become a predominantly urban species. This could not be truer in China, where the share of urban population went from only 19% in 1980 to 54% in 2014. Cities in China still today grow by roughly 12 million people every year. It is estimated that by 2030 they will house around 1 billion people – about 70% of China´s population. Clearly enough, if any meaningful action towards a more sustainable future is to be taken seriously, this will need to involve its cities.  While most Chinese cities are still affected by an incredibly high level of pollution, more and more people throughout the country are claiming their right to a “blue sky”. Could this growing public support joint with strong political leadership be the right drivers for rapid improvements in China´s environmental performance? 

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August 27, 2015   No Comments

We are still waiting for 100% Renewable Energy


While delegates are negotiating until late hours in Lima, we already know that the past two weeks signal an important shift in fighting climate change: For the first time in 20 years of climate negotiations, governments at the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru seriously discussed the need to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The phase out of fossil fuel emissions by mid-century was an idea that gained support from over 100 countries. [Read more →]

December 13, 2014   No Comments

Taking the lead in the energy transformation

Cities, communities and regions across the world commit to 100% Renewable Energy

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What do Šentrupert in Slovenia, Steinfurt district in Germany, the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan and East Hampton in the US have in common? There’s a chance to find out in Kassel, Germany today! The world`s biggest congress for 100% Renewable Energy Regions presents different strategies on how to achieve 100% Renewable Energy. Many cities, regions and communities demonstrate that supplying 100% of our total energy needs with renewable sources is technically and financially achievable, and can bring a wide range of benefits to citizens, businesses, local economies, governments and the environment alike. [Read more →]

November 11, 2014   No Comments