Renewable energy and energy efficiency can, in combination, provide over 90% of the necessary energy-related CO2 emission reductions to meet the decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals set out in the Paris Agreement (IRENA, 2018). Already, more than 100 cities around the world get at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower (CDP, 2018). Yet, global investment in renewables and energy efficiency declined by 3% in 2017 with further risk that it will slow further (IEA, 2018).
Cities can leverage public procurement to contribute towards the global transition by phasing out fossil fuels, supporting the uptake of renewables and establishing energy efficient approaches that make use of embodied energy.
GLCN Cities have set ambitious targets, showing the commitment to harness the opportunity of setting tender criteria and specifications for energy saving, electrification and renewable energy thresholds.