Cities are key enablers of the energy transition. But each city in every area of the world will have a different set of priorities and ideas of how to achieve net-zero by 2050. FORESIGHT examines a city from each continent—and a research station—to show what this global action looks like from seven different perspectives
Over the past two years, national governments and businesses have adopted net-zero emissions targets, aligning themselves with the goal to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, as agreed at the 2015 UN climate change meeting in Paris and, crucially, with what the scientific community says is required to avert catastrophic climate change.
Cities are also stepping up their ambition. Even though it is often the national leaders that make the headlines, cities are an important part of the energy transition. City governments and local administrations better understand the needs of their citizens, and the local resources available to fulfill them. ...
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A start-up based in Scotland is confident it has found an affordable silver bullet to allow the world’s grids to deal with massive amounts of renewables, but system operators are not so sure
Energy Cities, a European association of local authorities, estimates a city will need between €1 billion and €3 billion to reach net zero emissions by 2050
Once regarded as a high risk gamble, buying green electricity directly from generators under a mutually agreed power purchase agreement (PPA) has become big business in the commercial and industrial sector. City authorities eager to cut their electricity bills and buy renewable are looking to get into the market. The new demand is set to drive big growth in renewables
As governments across Europe attempt to deal with the economic and social impacts of coronavirus and how and when to end strict confinement measures, the time is right to invest to ensure every person can live in a healthy, connected and sustainable home, argues Davide Cannarozzi, CEO and Founder of GNE Finance
A goal to become the first carbon neutral capital city as early as 2025 is at least partly dependent on Denmark’s new national government throwing its weight behind Copenhagen’s aspirations
Splitting the bill between water utilities and the city budget made financing Copenhagen’s cloudburst plan possible.
City achieves global first with aggressive retroactive climate rules for building stock
The deep retrofit of the Empire State Building showcases efficient use of energy, but more will be needed
In an interview with FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Frank Jensen, mayor of Copenhagen, explains why mayors and local authorities are uniquely positioned to lead the energy transition and implement measures to proof their cities against extreme weather
The Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike on March 19th was a reminder of the monumental changes that need to happen to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. Cities and regional authorities have it in their power to make a significant contribution, says Raymond Johansen, Mayor of Oslo, and Mark Watts from C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group