How do you know that the world is changing? The following facts might give you an indication: Renewable energy broke another record last year, accounting for over 60% of net addition to the world’s power capacity, providing more than 19% of the global final energy consumption (REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report). Since 2000, renewable energy capacity has grown 120% (IRENA) and the number of countries with renewable energy targets and policies increased again in 2014: At least 164 countries have renewable energy targets, and an estimated 145 countries have renewable energy support policies in place. World leaders, including the G7 and Pope Francis call for a phase out of fossil fuels and the divestment movement is growing almost on a daily basis. While this is already great news, you see even stronger evidences of change when looking at the local level: Hundreds of local governments across the world have 100% renewable energy or electricity targets in place, with many municipalities already achieving such targets. The leaders of this local movement are mainly European cities and municipalities.
June 26, 2015 Comments Off on Where is Europe on its way to 100% Renewable Energy?
Six key recommendations on how to enable a local regenerative transition are highlighted in the new report Imagine A Regenerative City.
The report paints the vision of a regenerative city and outlines the building blocks we need to get there. It summarises the expert debates arising from the Future of Cities Forum 2014, a collaboration between the World Future Council, Energy Cities and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany. [Read more →]
February 2, 2015 2 Comments
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 Comments Off on We are still waiting for 100% Renewable Energy