About Local Renewables

With the LocalRenewables Initiative, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability supports and strengthens local governments which promote the generation and supply of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the urban environment. The focus is on the roles and responsibilities of local governments as the driving force for innovation and investment in their communities.

ICLEI Secretary-General and representative from the German government signing agreement on Local Renewables

Background on the Local Renewables Initiative

At the International Conference for Renewable Energies 2004 in Bonn (Germany), ICLEI signed a cooperation agreement with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As a result, the German government made into an official conference outcome the project “Local Renewables Model Communities Network”.   



Renewable Energy sources

The following sources are particularly suited to employment by Local Governments towards a Local Renewables project.

   Bioenergy (biomass and biogas) 


   Solar thermal energy 

   Passive solar energy 

   Wind energy 

   Geothermal energy 

   Small hydropower  

   Wave and tidal energy 

The use of Local Renewable Energy benefits local governments by:

  • Promoting sustainable and local resources;
  • Enhancing security of energy supply, using diversified and decentralised local energy provision;
  • Reducing the cost of energy transmission and distribution (and associated waste);
  • Moving away from finite sources of fossil fuel and reducing CO2 emissions;
  • Strengthening the local economy, considering new development opportunities that improve local employment options, in particular for growth of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs);
  • Using the expertise and development from local universities, researchers and NGOs;
  • Promoting innovate schemes for municipal funding working with the private sector (ESCOs).