The number of cities that get at least 70 per cent of their total electricity supply from renewable energy has more than doubled since 2015
Data published this week by environmental impact research organisation CDP found that more than 101 of the 570 cities it studied, from Nairobi to Vancouver, sourced at least 70 per cent of their electricity from renewable sources in 2017. This is compared to just 42 in 2015.
More than 40 cities are currently operating on 100 per cent renewable electricity. These include the US city of Burlington, Basel in Switzerland, and the Icelandic capital Reykjavík. It also emerged this week that more than 80 UK towns and cities have committed to run on 100 per cent clean energy by 2050, including sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. They include Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and 16 London boroughs.
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According to the World Economic Forum, unsubsidised renewables were the cheapest source of electricity in 30 countries in 2017, with renewables predicted to be consistently more cost effective than fossil fuels globally by 2020.
Kyra Appleby, director of cities at CDP, said: “Cities are responsible for 70 per cent of energy-related CO2 emissions and there is immense potential for them to lead on building a sustainable economy….
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