List of worldwide cities run primarily from renewables tops 100

A new report published by environmental group CDP has found that over 100 cities around the world now get at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources of energy.

The full scale of this global urban and municipal renewable energy revolution is revealed by the fact that the latest figure is more than double the 40 cities that reported using primarily green energy in 2015.

Some of the largest cities by population density to make the list include Auckland, Nairobi, Oslo, Seattle and Vancouver, while a remarkable 43 cities were found to run entirely on renewable energy.

For instance, 100% of electricity used in Burlington (US), Reykjavik in Iceland and in the Swiss city of Basel comes from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower.

The CDP said that much of the drive behind city climate action came as a result of 7,000 mayors signing up up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and pledging to act on climate change.

“Cities are responsible for 70% of energy-related CO2 emissions and there is immense potential for them to lead on building a sustainable economy,” said Kyra Appleby, director of cities at CDP.

“Reassuringly, our data shows much commitment and ambition. Cities not only want to shift to renewable energy but, most importantly—they can.

“We urge all cities to disclose to us, work together to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and prioritise the development of ambitious renewable energy procurement strategies. The time to act is now.”