More and more cities are replacing fossil fuels with renewables

In recent years, nations have been promising to cut back on fossil fuel use. Cities are doing so, too. And as cities consume around 78% of global energy, that’s a good thing for reducing the world’s carbon footprint. Latin America leads with the highest number of renewably-powered cities. Brazil alone has at least 15 fully fossil fuel-free cities, and several others that are close to 100% renewable. Europe is next. But others in the U.S. and Australia have ambitious goals. Kyra Appleby, head of cities at UK-based Carbon Disclosure Project, says that the data shows that city transition to clean power will continue. “These cities understand the business case for doing so: 86% of these cities reporting actions say they see economic opportunities from efforts to tackle climate change.”

 

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More and more cities are replacing fossil fuels with renewables

In recent years, nations have been promising to cut back on fossil fuel use. Cities are doing so, too. And as cities consume around 78% of global energy, that’s a good thing for reducing the world’s carbon footprint. Latin America leads with the highest number of renewably-powered cities. Brazil alone has at least 15 fully fossil fuel-free cities, and several others that are close to 100% renewable. Europe is next. But others in the U.S. and Australia have ambitious goals. Kyra Appleby, head of cities at UK-based Carbon Disclosure Project, says that the data shows that city transition to clean power will continue. “These cities understand the business case for doing so: 86% of these cities reporting actions say they see economic opportunities from efforts to tackle climate change.”

 

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