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These Green Cities Are Building a Renewable Future, According to Report

Cities that have banned fossil fuels have jumped fivefold.
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REN21, a renewable energy policy think-tank, has just published the latest edition of its Renewables in Cities Global Status Report. The series of reports takes note of various cities all over the world and their energy transition efforts. 

This year's findings show that cities that have changed policies against emissions and air pollution have increased. In fact, cities that have banned fossil fuels jumped fivefold in 2020. According to the report, cities looking to transition to renewables should set end dates for fossil fuels in all sectors.

"Cities like Hamburg, San Francisco, and Shanghai show, the more ambitious they are, the more they think of renewable energy everywhere," says Rana Adib, REN21 executive director. "They impose strict building codes and renewable energy obligations. But most importantly, they set an end date to the use of gas, oil, and coal."

The report highlights case studies on cities such as Australia's Adelaide, Brazil's Palmas, Brazil's Recife, Cameroon's Yaoundé IV, Côte d'Ivoire's Cocody, India's Rajkot, Indonesia's North Lombok Regency, Indonesia's Jakarta, the Republic of Korea's Seoul, Senegal's Dakar, South Africa's Cape Town, Sweden's Malmö, Togo's Tsévié, Uganda's Kampala, the U.K.'s Oxford and the U.S.'s Orlando, Florida.

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Adib continues, "With their impact at scale, cities are our best bet to plan, develop and build a renewable future. But all too often their potential for transformation remains massively underused. It’s a tough job to turn low-carbon ambitions into reality in built and densely packed environments. National governments must put money, capacity and above all legislative powers into the hands of local authorities."

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