The Renewables in Cities 2021 Global Status Report shows that more than 1 billion people – about 25% of the urban population – live in a city with a renewable energy target and/or policy. Over 1,300 cities, from the Americas to Sub-Saharan Africa, have demonstrated leadership in advancing renewables beyond the power sector, including decarbonising buildings.
Cities are home to 55% of the global population (and growing) and generate more than 80% of global GDP. Urban energy use has also grown significantly over the past decades. Today, cities are responsible for an estimated three-quarters of global carbon dioxide emissions. This makes cities high-impact areas for climate action, including for decarbonising the energy system and accelerating renewable energy investments, which help cities (...)