Cities central to emissions-reduction efforts, IEA says
Global cities must lead on emissions-reduction efforts for ambitious targets to be achieved.
That’s the conclusion of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in a new report, Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 - Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems. Joshua Hill writes for Clean Technica that the report warns that progress is too slow despite advances made at the Paris climate talks in December.
The main theme is that cities were among the most engaged non-state actors in the buildup to COP 21 and must be leaders on future “decarbonization” efforts, the article says. Cities require an outsized role because they are responsible for a disproportionate level of emissions, according to the IEA. They also stand the most to lose from the effects of climate change.
While urban areas are home to roughly half the world’s population, they generate 70 percent of the fossil fuel emissions. That figure is projected to rise as cities expand in population and geography. At the report’s launch in San Francisco at the Clean Energy Ministerial, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol emphasized that cities are well-positioned as testbeds for new energy innovations, such as smart grids and fuel-efficient transport systems.
The report is available for purchase here.