A recently released report has revealed that 101 major cities around the world, from developed nations all the way to low-income nations are receiving at least 70 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources as of 2017.
The data was brought forth by the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), a non-profit environmental impact agency. Cities included in the report include Canada’s Vancouver, New Zealand’s Auckland, Kenya’s Nairobi, and Norway’s Oslo.
The most encouraging thing from this release is the reveal that our world’s clean energy programs are growing. In 2015, 42 cities reported getting 70 percent of their electricity from their clean energy compared to the 101 cities in 2017.
Of those in this 70 percent list, 57 are in Latin America, 21 are in Europe, nine are in Africa, five are in Canada, four are in the US, three are found in New Zealand, and one can be found in South Korea, and one in Australia.
Of the 101, 40 of those cities are operating on 100 percent renewable electricity. To achieve this, the cities are using a combination of wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and geothermal power sources.
The report also noted that there is a growing commitment for cities around the world to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. As renewable’s continue to set new capacity records, particularly solar, it should become easier to achieve that 100 percent threshold.
The United States has been a major topic of conversation lately in renewable energy as the Trump administration has pushed the agenda for more coal and oil usage. Surprisingly, the CDP report outlines that 58 U.S. cities are aiming for 100 percent renewable electricity grids as soon as possible although no timetable was provided.
The CDP report also states that cities are investing billions in renewable energy projects. Although the cost up front is expensive, renewable energy will save these cities and countries trillions of dollars.
With the cost of renewable energy already at a all-time low and continuing to decrease, the cost of implementing large scale renewable infrastructures is a reality that we can embrace. The implementation of clean energy will be vital in reducing the rise of global temperatures that are causing major damage to places such as the Great Barrier Reef.