Global cities ‘can get rid of fossil fuels’

Cities around the world can stop using fossil fuels to generate electricity. New statistics launched by CDP, formerly called Carbon Disclosure Project – revealed cities’ reliance on fossil fuels. It analysed […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Cities around the world can stop using fossil fuels to generate electricity.

New statistics launched by CDP, formerly called Carbon Disclosure Project – revealed cities’ reliance on fossil fuels.

It analysed the energy mix of 162 cities around the world and found they consume 78% of energy globally, producing 12.6 gigatonnes of carbon emissions.

It also revealed 35% of them reported that more than 75% of their electricity comes from non-fossil fuel sources.

The Icelandic city of Reykjavik reported a 100% reliance on green energy, with hydropower and geothermal providing its power.

Latin American cities produce 76% of their electricity from renewables while European cities reported the highest average use of wind and solar – 13% and 4% respectively.

In the UK, 30% of London’s electricity comes from hydro, wind and biomass energy, according to CDP.

However cities in North America, Asia and Africa have the highest reliance on coal – 33%, 32% and 40% respectively.

CDP said: “In many countries, cities are leading the way in making the global switch to renewable energy. Through their commitment to action and innovative identification of projects, cities are showing that the shift to non-fossil energy is within our reach. The challenge now is to match projects to funding and to ensure a fair distribution between developed and developing cities.”