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100% RENEWABLES: CITIES AND REGIONS ROADMAP

Catalyzing the local sustainable energy transition

Tackling the climate emergency - a security, socioeconomic and environmental crisis - requires the unprecedented transformation of energy systems and switching to renewable energy (RE) options across all sectors in the immediate future. Coordinated action is needed to make this happen.

Local and regional governments are increasingly taking leadership, defining ambitious climate and energy plans for their communities and implementing sustainable, low-to-no emission and resilient development of their cities, towns and regions. National governments play a key role in creating the enabling framework conditions to support this local action. Partnerships and coordinated efforts are needed to move forward rapidly.

100% Renewables: Cities and Regions Roadmap

This project facilitates the energy transition by raising local awareness on RE sources, showcasing how local and national governments can create coordinated enabling frameworks and policies, exploring access to public and private sector finance, and building local RE projects addressing electricity and heating and cooling.

This approach will allow cities and regions to not only unlock one of the largest potential solutions for GHG emission reduction, but also drive sustainable economic growth and local job creation, as well as realize various social, health and governance benefits.

ICLEI will work together with local and regional governments from three selected cities and regions each in Argentina, Indonesia and Kenya. The project will foster multilevel governance, and put that collaboration at the heart of the sustainable energy transition.

Aims

The 100% Renewables: Cities and Regions Roadmap projects aims to:

  • Support nine cities and regions in three countries to develop a roadmap towards 100% renewable energy and effectively implement local climate and energy action.
  • Enable the participating local and regional governments to develop financially viable and bankable renewable energy projects and explore access to public and private investment.
  • Contribute to the respective national climate and energy targets, as reflected in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 
  • Support local policy development that enhances energy security, improves energy efficiency and stimulates the local economy.

Activities

The project will support selected local and regional governments in Argentina, Indonesia and Kenya to:

  • Build capacity and provide technical support to develop a community-wide 100% RE strategy and action plan
  • Model and assess local renewable energy potential
  • Identify priority projects with local and regional governments to be developed into bankable projects
  • Explore access to public and private finance for implementation of the local priority projects
  • Raise awareness on the need for action and the RE options available
  • Ensure stakeholder engagement and buy-in for the local action plan
  • Create opportunities for peer-learning and exchange on renewable energy, financing, multi-level governance and partnerships
  • Provide guidance for local and regional governments around the globe on how to define a 100% renewable energy roadmap, by making available methodologies, tools and other resources

100% Renewables Cities and Regions Network

The 100% RE Cities and Regions Network supports the renewable energy transition in cities, towns and regions around the globe. It supports local and regional governments to set and achieve 100% RE commitments. This includes capacity building offers, peer learning and exchange opportunities, technical guidance, a reporting platform to track progress, a project pipeline and support to pitch projects to potential investors, and access to relevant research and findings. The network is managed by ICLEI, and is part of the Global 100% RE Platform. Platform partners implement a diversity of projects that provide technical and other assistance to local and regional governments in the Network. The 100% Renewables: Cities and Regions Roadmap project is an example of such projects. The project will enable the further expansion of the Network, while project cities can better access support through the network and Platform. Participation in the network is free of charge.

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100% Renewables: Cities and Regions Roadmap is implemented by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The ICLEI World Secretariat is responsible for project management and coordination.
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