A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has called for a “rethink” of how energy is used in urban areas.
The study analysed energy usage in 3,649 cities, including London and Aberdeen.

IRENA then suggested how cities can scale-up their generation of renewable energy and green infrastructure by 2030.

Cities account for 65% of global energy use and 70% of man-made carbon emissions, the report said.

‘Transformative role’

Adnan Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said: “Cities can play a transformative role in leading the world to a clean and sustainable energy future.
“We have to rethink the entire urban energy landscape, which requires rigorous planning and holistic decision-making.

“Renewable energy, combined with energy efficiency, will power the future growth of cities. We must ensure this transition happens as soon as possible.”

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