Dunedin, New Zealand has divested from fossil fuels – here is why and how

This blog post was written by Ana Marques, Low Carbon Cities Senior Officer at ICLEI World Secretariat. In April 2015, Councilor Jinty MacTavish of Dunedin, New Zealand made a compelling presentation on fossil fuel divestment at the ICLEI World Congress in Seoul. Since then, Dunedin has finalized a policy on ethical investments and divested from 

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Solar bridge, Bonn, Germany

Why are cities setting 100% renewable energy targets?

Over the last decades cities, towns and regions in different continents and of different sizes have been setting ambitious renewable energy (RE) targets that help driving the transition towards a sustainable and renewable energy future while delivering multiple benefits to the local communities. Adopting RE targets helps local governments legitimize the further allocation of resources 

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100 percent renewable energy is an imperative

Berlin, Germany voted to divest its €750 million public pension from oil, coal and gas companies, while Stockholm, Sweden, Sydney, Australia and San Francisco, California have joined a growing number of cities making similar commitments. Meanwhile, cities are also exploring ways to meet their energy needs entirely with renewable sources. Vancouver, Canada aims to hit 

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Cities in Action: Almada’s Less Carbon Climate Fund

Almada’s Local Development Strategy, entitled “Almada+: Sustainability, Solidarity and Eco-Efficiency”, comprises a number of initiatives, including the “Almada Less Carbon Climate Fund”, which will reduce Almada’s carbon footprint by financing energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. The Fund is: successfully financing the implementation of Almada’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan, contributing to sensible reductions in energy consumption 

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4 Days to the ICLEI World Congress: Vancouver Votes for 100% Renewable Energy Target

ICLEI Member Vancouver recently took a huge step towards becoming a fully sustainable city, with its City Council voting for the long-term goal of deriving 100 percent of the city’s energy from renewable sources. Vancouver joins a number of other cities, including San Francisco, Copenhagen and Sydney, in making this ambitious target a part of 

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ICLEI Links: 27 February 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of ICLEI Links, our roundup of sustainability-related news and commentary from around the web! Thanks to all on Twitter and elsewhere for sharing. Lots of energy stories this week… ICLEI Stories What does the Tea Party have against ICLEI and sustainability? ICLEI World Congress host Seoul plans to cut emissions 

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Bristol’s Ambitions

ICLEI Member Bristol will participate in the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in Seoul. We look forward to having them there and to learning from them. It’s a big year for Bristol! They became the first European Green Capital from the UK, and they have some fantastic ambitions. Here’s a bit more about them… Background Bristol 

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Bristol begins 2015 as European Green Capital

Bristol is kicking off its year as European Green Capital in style! This Saturday (24th January), world-famous tight wire artist Jade Kindar-Martin will cycle across a 120 metre long high wire, set between two landmark buildings. The performance, entitled “Bridging the Gap”, will symbolise the difference between our green intentions and our actions – and 

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