In 2000, when Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) was founded, the role of cities in sustainable energy transitions and the scale of urban energy consumption were unknown. Twenty years later cities are recognised as crucial for transforming energy demand and emissions. We have tracked energy use in South African cities, as well as trends in energy efficiency, renewable energy uptake and the governance of this transition for over a decade, in the State of Energy in South African Cities reports. In 2021, we see cause for optimism.
Kenya’s County Climate Change Funds are an innovative governance mechanism channelling finance to the local level and increase public participation. Ormoc City in the Philippines is leveraging climate finance by building strong partnerships. Colombia’s Regional Change Nodes integrate climate chance responses by the different levels of government in the country. Three out of four Real Practice Studies are out now.
On 26 November 2020, Sustainable Energy Africa invites you to a virtual launch event and a celebration of their 20 years of work towards supporting sustainable urban energy development.
As the urgent response to COVID-19 is unfolding and climate impacts continue to affect cities and counties, local institutions will need to build a resilient future responding to both these challenges. Participants learn directly from local and national policymakers and their allies about common obstacles and success strategies for implementing local climate projects and access finance.
The IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5°C reaffirms the urgency of the Paris Agreement. To avoid dangerous consequences, global greenhouse gas emissions must reach net-zero by 2050. While the international UNFCCC climate regime has managed to orchestrate national climate commitments, current national mitigation targets fall well short of achieving the low-carbon transformation.
Our expert roundtable brings together IKI projects working on vertical integration and local climate action across diverse geographies such as South Africa, Mexico and Indonesia.
We are thrilled to announce the V-LED Southeast Asia Lessons Learnt Workshop: “Moving forward climate action of cities in Vietnam and the Philippines”. The event will reflect on four years of V-LED working on multi-level climate governance and local climate action.
How can sub-national and non-state actors harness innovation & technology for local climate action? To answer this question, UN-Habitat in partnership with the Climate Change Comission, are organising a good practice exchange to learn from successful climate change initiatives from cities and provinces in the Philippines.
As a final event in Kenya, V-LED is convening stakeholders from local communities and civil society, county and national governing officials and the private sector to discuss multi-level climate governance and ways forward. This day-long ‘Lessons Learnt’ event on Nov 8 in Kwale County, will reflect on four years of project operations and prompt participants to identify good practices and objectives to continue pursuing.
Stakeholders from county and national government, civil society, and the private sector will gather on November 7 to discuss financing for local climate action and multi-level governance of climate change in Kenya. The event is the first of two workshops marking the conclusion of the V-LED project in Kenya and includes the launch of two key project publications.