Global Status of Renewables in Cities: An amazing untapped potential

First-ever Renewables in Cities Global Status Report shows 10,000 cities have adopted carbon emission reduction targets


Cities account for two-thirds of global energy demand and around 75% of global CO2 emissions. More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and rapid urbanisation coupled with population growth means that energy demand at the municipal level is rising.

Fossil fuel centered economies make it difficult for national governments to put climate concerns front and center, with the result that globally we are not on track to meet the Paris Agreement.  They leave cities no choice but to take climate action into their own hands.

Rana Adib, REN21’s Executive Secretary.

Renewable energy provides opportunities for cities to improve their citizens’ health and quality of life. By reducing reliance on fossil fuels and adopting renewable energy infrastructure, cities can improve their air quality, increase economic development, create local jobs and boost resilience to climate change-caused impacts.

The Renewables in Cities Global Status Report shows both the amazing untapped potential of producing local energy in cities and the lack of vision, planning, supporting tools provided by national legislation in a wide majority of the globe. It is therefore a precious tool to identify the policy gaps and inspire governments.

Claire Roumet, Energy Cities.

Learn more about the Renewables in Cities Global Status Report on REN21 website.

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November 27, 2019