Almost three-quarters (73%) of the UK’s urban population live in towns and cities with net-zero targets and/or strong local policies on renewable energy, compared to a global average of just 25%. That is according to the 2021 edition of the ‘Renewables in Cities Global Status Report’, published today (18 April) by REN21. The report takes a global look at the cities with targets to completely phase-out fossil fuels, to reach net-zero emissions, and/or to align emissions with net-zero by 2050 at the latest. It covers cities across the US, the UK, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea and mainland Europe. All in all, the report charts a steep uptick in these kinds of pledges globally. Fossil fuel end-dates experienced a fivefold jump in 2020, the document reveals, with many authorities pushed to act by the slump in demand caused by Covid-19. Nonetheless, just 25% of the world’s urban population live in places with a fossil fuel phase-out policy and renewable energy targets or policies. “For the UK, there is lots of good news,” REN21 states. 73% of the UK’s urban population live in cities with renewable energy targets or policies, as 106 cities have such ambitions. This number of cities is greater than several far larger countries including China (25), Canada (16) and Spain (72). Additionally, 493 UK cities had made climate emergency declarations, accounting for more than one-quarter of the global total. 45 of these cities have built on these declarations with net-zero targets that are more ambitious than the national deadline.
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