With the LocalRenewables Initiative, ICLEI supports and strengthens local governments in promoting sustainable energy in the urban environment.
8 Reasons to use Local Renewables
1. Renewable energy sources (RES) are mature, available and ready for use today.
2. Using local resources to produce energy locally establishes a solid foundation for decentralised, secure energy supply – thereby making communities more resilient.
3. Financial benefits are inherent – both in terms of saving money and generating an income over the short to long term.
4. A steady transition from fossil fuels to Local Renewables will reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to climate protection.
5. Switching to Local Renewables supports local job creation and stimulates the economy.
6. Local Renewables give an impulse to sustainable urban development, and encourage technical and social innovation.
7. Local action is critical in achieving national and international targets on sustainable energy and climate protection.
8. Local Renewables imply the involvement of local stakeholders, using synergies to create change.
Global Status Report on Local Renewable Energy Policies
[9 July 2009]
Cities around the world pay attention to renewable energy and develop policies to increase their own involvement and promotion. The number of local governments that have set targets for renewables, include renewable energy in urban planning, invest in and procure renewables for public facilities and city services, among many other activities, is on the rise. Notably, these lead cities are spread out around the globe and thus act as models in all regions.
A "Global Status Report on Local Renewable Energy Policies" has been put together as a draft and is now available for comments and additions. The report is compiled by the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) / Japan and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and complements the REN21 Renewables Glocal Status Report.
The report on local policies provides a summary of renewable energy policies for 160 cities and local governments worldwide, with more detailed descriptions of 30 cities. More examples can be added at any time and responses to the draft are welcome. The next edition will be ready for the international conference on local renewables in Tokyo, October 2009, with an aim to then produce a third edition for the Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayors during COP-15 in December 2009.
If you have any comments or have any city information to include in these next editions, please see the report for contact details of the lead author.
The full version of the report can be downloaded here and is available on www.local-renewables.org and www.martinot.info/cities.htm.
For further information, please contact:
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IRENA the International Renewable Energy Agency can start working
[8 July 2009]
Decisions on IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, were taken during its second session of the Preparatory Commission, held 29 – 30 June 2009 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt which now allow for work to commence.
At the session’s Signing Ceremony, 22 countries signed the Statue of the Agency, bringing the total number of signatory states up to 136. Among the 22 most recent signatories are Australia, Japan and the United States.
The signatories decided that Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirites, will serve as the Agency’s interim headquarters, while Bonn (Germany) will host IRENA’s centre of technology and innovation and the Agency’s liaison office for cooperation with other organisations active in the field of renewables will be established in Vienna (Austria).
Additionally, the Preparatory Commission has designated Ms. Hélène Pelosse as the first head of the emerging Agency. Currently she is Deputy Head of Staff in the Private Office of the French Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development, and Town and Country Planning in charge of international affairs.
For further information: www.irena.org
Renewable Energy Global Status Report released
[15 May 2009]
The well-known yearly renewable energy report compiled by REN21 has been released! It goes into depth about the successful increase in renewable energy throughout the world, even feeling considerably less of the credit crisis than other sectors. The report also states the active role local governments are playing, "Several hundred cities and local governments around the world are actively planning or implementing renewable energy policies and planning frameworks linked to carbon dioxide emissions reduction". www.ren21.net
ICLEI is working with REN21 to write a similar status report just on local governments, coming out soon in mid-June!
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