ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.


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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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Sustainable Energy


The Sustainable Energy team at ICLEI supports local and regional governments worldwide to drive the energy transition in their communities. Our team is headquartered in Bonn, Germany, and operates through the ICLEI World Secretariat.

Our mission:

The Sustainable Energy team supports local and regional governments to drive the transition to sustainable energy, aiming for net-zero emissions and climate neutrality. We help integrate sustainable energy into their development plans, boost renewable energy adoption, and align with NDCs and SDGs. Through collaboration with global and local partners, we empower cities to enhance energy access, security, resilience, and reduce energy poverty.

Our work touches on the entire spectrum of sustainable energy systems, from generation to energy efficiency, conservation, and sufficiency, and shifting energy demand across the heating/cooling, transport, and other sectors. However, our focus is always on how local and regional governments can address these themes in their communities, using the authorities and resources at their disposal.

How do we achieve our vision?

Through our work, we accompany local and regional governments on their sustainable energy transition journey, offering support through:

  • Capacity building: Empowering local and regional governments with knowledge and tools to take advantage of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions, and to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
  • Policy recommendations: Offering advice for policies that can support the deployment of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency measures in a community.
  • Technical assistance: Supporting the development of bankable renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
  • Engaging stakeholders and advocacy: Advocating for more decentralization and channeling of resources to local and regional governments to undertake energy solutions in their communities.
  • Monitoring: Facilitating reporting to platforms such as CDP-ICLEI Track.
  • Knowledge creation: Sharing best practices and innovative solutions and approaches for local and regional governments in the energy space, including lessons learned from project experiences.
  • Project implementation: Implementing projects focusing on energy strategies and solutions for local and regional governments.

Our projects

RENEW-Southeast Asia

Supporting awareness-raising, outreach, and capacity building to spur local and regional governments in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand to lead the renewables-based transition in their communities.

Our initiatives and products

Energy Exchanges

A series of virtual exchanges featuring deep-dives with experts into actionable local sustainable energy solutions.


100% RE Network and Energy Compact

These initiatives are open to any local and regional government worldwide interested in spurring renewable energy development in their communities.


Sustainable Energy Transition Strategy

Engaging stakeholders for inclusive and innovative planning for the local sustainable energy transition through a ‘serious game’.


100% RE Roadmap Framework

A process guidance outlining the various steps involved in developing a sustainable energy roadmap. An associated 100% Renewables methodology provides additional guidance, in line with ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities process.


Additionally, you can find various knowledge products to guide and inspire local and regional governments on their sustainable energy transition journey, including case studies, factsheets, and learning modules.

Rohit Sen Head
Sustainable Energy
Rohit Sen
Sustainable Energy

Rohit, a senior energy expert, heads ICLEI’s Sustainable Energy program. With over 13 years of expertise in renewables, energy management, and project finance, he leads ICLEI’s flagship effort in transitioning Cities & Regions to 100% Renewables. His portfolio encompasses ICLEI’s vision for global energy transformation toward a resilient, net-zero emission future. Rohit offers policy and technical assistance, along with distilled knowledge, supporting subnational governments worldwide in their commitment to sustainability. With an engineering background in renewables and energy management, he fluently communicates in English and Hindi and possesses professional proficiency in German.

Felix Akrofi-Atitianti Senior Officer
Sustainable Energy
Felix Akrofi-Atitianti
Senior Officer
Sustainable Energy

Felix focuses on low emission development strategies and enhanced air quality in cities. He is ICLEI’s global coordinator of the Urban-LEDS II project, a flagship project involving more than 60 cities. With a background in Environmental Risk Management and Sustainable Development, Felix is an apt climate advocate and provides support for enhancing multilevel governance for local climate action.

Peraiha Sastry Akella Senior Officer
Sustainable Energy
Peraiha Sastry Akella
Senior Officer
Sustainable Energy

Sastry has a Master’s degree in Energy Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Following graduation, he joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as Assistant Director – Renewable Energy, where he implement the solar energy applications across the ISA member nations. He has experience on a variety of projects, programmes, training and initiatives aimed at building capacity, e-mobility, technical due diligence, Detailed Project Report preparation, and knowledge management. He also worked as a country coordinator responsible for six countries.

Kanak Gokarn Officer
Sustainable Energy
Kanak Gokarn
Sustainable Energy

Kanak supports ICLEI’s work in the 100% Renewables Regions and Cities Roadmaps project under the International Climate Initiative (IKI), as well as the 100% Renewables Network. Her background is in energy policy and international relations, and she has previously worked in various public policy institutions and international organizations in France and India.

Get involved

Are you a local or regional government interested in driving the transition to sustainable energy? Join us in our efforts to create a brighter, greener future for all. Contact us at sustainable.energy@iclei.org to learn more about how you can participate in our initiatives or collaborate with our team.

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