Can cities take the lead in renewable energy?
At the 3-day conference, leaders from municipalities and government, the private sector, and civil society will gather to participate in small group capacity building sessions and join the global movement for 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency in cities. There are many different efforts that have emerged recently that strive for smart, resilient, and regenerative urban environments. Renewable Cities seeks to build on this momentum in creating sustainable and livable communities that are committed to 100% renewable energy.
Provincial or national governments have the financial and policy levers necessary to drive behavioural change but the same cannot be said for municipal governments. Despite this, cities have their own distinct advantages that they can use to take action against climate change.
Michael Small, executive director of Renewable Cities at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, explains this in his recent piece for Vancouver Sun.
Some highlights from the article:
"Mayors around the world are doing more of the heavy lifting these days when it comes to collecting the trash generated by our fossil fuel burning lifestyle than most national governments."
"Cities generally have a number of advantages when it comes to taking real action on climate change."
"This commitment to a more sustainable future has put Vancouver at the centre of a growing network of cities that are leading the charge in planning for our transition to a fossil-free future."