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IRENA and ICLEI to cooperate on advancing renewable energy within cities and regions

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), outlining a combined effort to support the roll-out of renewable energy globally, involving local governments in the process.

The MoU provides the general framework for cooperation between ICLEI and IRENA to realize synergies and foster renewable energy implementation within cities and regions. Under the MoU, ICLEI and IRENA will collaborate to build on their previous successful collaborative work in the field of local renewables.

Areas of cooperation will, in particular, include:

  • City-level case studies on successfully implemented integration of renewable energies in urban development strategies with the aim of replicating the success stories;
  • Joint events related renewable energy in cities; and
  • Information exchange and dissemination of best practices with a focus on local governments.

The signing of the MoU also highlights ICLEI’s commitment to driving the implementation of renewable energy strategies at the local level. Following the adoption and signing of the Paris Agreement, a comprehensive transition to renewable energy will be at the heart of efforts to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. Cities and regions are showing the way, with landmark commitments to 100% renewable energy from Vancouver (Canada), Malmö (Sweden) and Jeju Province (Republic of Korea).

The MoU will help ICLEI to build on its existing successful work in the field of local renewables. Among other initiatives, ICLEI chairs the 100% Renewable Energy Cities & Regions Network and is engaging with its leading members in this network. By bringing together jurisdictions at the forefront of the transition to renewables, the network aims to accelerate progress and inspire other local leaders to pursue renewable energy strategies.

Those within the network:

  • Make commitments and decisions towards 100% RE;
  • Drive the uptake of RE in their territories, paving the way to generate and use 100% RE, especially in electricity, heating/cooling, transportation, and local government operations;
  • Employ ambitious energy efficiency measures; 
  • Systematically replace fossil fuels and/or nuclear energy with RE; 
  • Give preference to local RE resources, where available;
  • Are transitioning towards 100% RE with a participatory and people-centered approach; and
  • Monitor and report progress towards 100% RE.

For more information, including a series of examples, please visit the webpage. 

The Network is a part of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign, which builds on existing initiatives at the national, regional and local level to achieve a global 100%RE vision.


ICLEI supports local and subnational governments in progressing on sustainable development, providing technical assistance, platforms for reporting and promotion, as well as advocacy of local perspectives towards national governments and international actors. 

For more information, please contact Ana Marques, Senior Officer, Low Carbon Cities at

About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 

IRENA is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 146 Members (145 States and the European Union). Roughly 30 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

For more information about IRENA please contact:

Timothy Hurst, Chief Communications Officer, +971 56 677 0166


100% Renewable Energy Cities & Regions Network

Local Renewables Conference 2016

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