We are still waiting for 100% Renewable Energy

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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   No Comments

Taking the lead in the energy transformation

Cities, communities and regions across the world commit to 100% Renewable Energy

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What do Šentrupert in Slovenia, Steinfurt district in Germany, the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan and East Hampton in the US have in common? There’s a chance to find out in Kassel, Germany today! The world`s biggest congress for 100% Renewable Energy Regions presents different strategies on how to achieve 100% Renewable Energy. Many cities, regions and communities demonstrate that supplying 100% of our total energy needs with renewable sources is technically and financially achievable, and can bring a wide range of benefits to citizens, businesses, local economies, governments and the environment alike. [Read more →]

November 11, 2014   No Comments

Urban development no threat to rural areas: in support of national urban policy frameworks

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Overlooking the city of Medellín, Colombia, host of the WUF 7.

“Urban policy made by the national government can create some problems for cities,” began Mussa Natty, the Municipal Director of Kinondoni, the largest municipality of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Providing the local perspective in our panel discussion on Regenerative Cities and Communities at UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum last week, Mussa was referring to the disconnect that, in the absence of multi-level dialogue, can occur between policymaking by national governments and implementation by local governments. [Read more →]

April 16, 2014   No Comments