Renewables in Cities 2019 Global Status Report Released

  • Accounting for 55% of the world’s population, 75% of global CO2 emissions and 2/3rds of global energy demand, cities have a crucial role to play in accelerating the sustainable energy transition.
  • While some national governments are working toward a sustainable energy system, city-level initiatives are fundamental as well, especially for transitioning local end-use sectors such as heating, cooling and transport.

This latest Renewables in Cities 2019 Global Status Report (REC-GSR) provides an overview of cities’ progress in contributing to the renewable energy transition and includes chapters on drivers for renewable energy in cities, urban policy, urban renewable energy markets, finance and citizen participation. The need for this report became clear after cities emerged as a driver of renewable energy deployment in our 2019 GSR. Until now, data on city-level renewable energy policies have been hard to pin down– the  report aims to change that.

The report looks at trends and developments of renewable energy in cities and its associated benefits, including impacts on air pollution, energy security and access, and socio-economic issues. The publication will help improve understanding of cities’ role in the energy transition, increase visibility for local action and showcase effective policies and finance mechanisms to inform decisions.

Link to the full report to learn about renewable energy trends and markets, energy access, policies and investments in cities HERE.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

An initiative by French President, Emmanuel Macron, the  Africa France Summit will be the largest investment summit of its kind between Africa and France. The theme is ‘Sustainable Cities’ and South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa,  will lead a 30 strong delegation to the summit. There will be over 50 other African heads of state in attendance. It is the first of a kind event combining both the public and private sector in a ‘Sustainable City’ designed exhibition plus summit. It is an Africa/France but also an Africa/Africa summit. The scope and scale is unprecedented.

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