East Asian cities seek 100 percent renewable energy
The newly launched Energy-safe Cities initiative spearheaded by ICLEI East Asia is notable for two reasons. First, it has set a hugely ambitious goal: 100 percent reliance on renewable energy in just 15 years for East Asian cities. Second, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, is encouraged to participate alongside South Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia and Russia.
The program will help cities develop strategies for eliminating dependence on fossil fuels by 2030, according to ICLEI. Solar, wind, geothermal and bioenergy are among the alternative options. Interested municipal leaders were briefed during a late October symposium in Beijing. Cities that sign on would eventually draft strategic plans to be unveiled at a conference tentatively set for January 2017.
The global ICLEI network represents cities and local governments devoted to sustainable development. The Berlin-based Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment is providing technical guidance. See more details about Energy-safe Cities here.