Climate and Energy
The WFC Commission on Climate and Energy advises governments at all levels and facilitates an international policy dialogue on renewable energy and regenerative urban development.
The aim is to build capacity and cross-sectorial networks among policy-makers to improve legislative frameworks for climate protection, regenerative urbanisation and a future-just energy system based on 100% Renewable Energy.
Policies for 100% Renewable Energy
The WFC Climate Energy Commission specifically addresses the question of how legislators can promote a rapid shift to a society which is powered by 100% renewable energy. In-depth research underpins our advocacy work. We are identifying exemplary policies and legislations that have catalyzed the upscale of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Special attention is also given to the questions on financing renewable energy as well as exploring opportunities for electrifying the cooking sector in Global South countries.
These findings are published in Policy Handbooks, reports and our online database futurepolicy.org. Using formats such as parliamentary hearings and fact finding missions, we gather and engage national and regional legislators with leading experts on energy policy, discussing opportunities for adopting these policy solutions. In the years 2014-2016, the work focuses on Morocco, Tanzania and the European Union. Learn more about our projects on our blog.
Campaign “Global 100% RE”
The WFC is a founding member of the Global 100% RE Campaign which was launched in 2013 as the result of a parliamentary hearing we hosted in the Nordic Folkecenter in Denmark in October 2012. The Global 100% RE campaign is the first global initiative that advocates 100% renewable energy. This unique campaign builds on projects that are already taking place on national, regional and local levels and steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal. The campaign showcases that there is already a global movement among local governments striving towards 100% RE and provides answers to the question “what does 100% RE mean for local governments?” Find out more on the campaign website.
African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA)
In 2009 the WFC Commission on Climate and Energy initiated the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), a pan-African multi-stakeholder network of policy-makers and representatives from business, civil society, and academia and comprises around 2.000 members from 90 countries. AREA facilitates on- and offline information exchange and consultation about policies, technologies and financial mechanisms for the deployment of renewable energy in Africa and the acceleration of the renewable energy transition in rural and urban Africa. Find out more about this on AREA´s website.
Policies for Regenerative Cities
A new model of urbanisation powered by Renewable Energy and defined by a restorative and mutually beneficial relationship between cities and their hinterland is urgently needed. Cities must go beyond sustainability to become regenerative: not only becoming resource-efficient and low carbon, but positively enhancing rather than undermining the ecosystems on which they depend. Most modern cities function in a linear manner in which resources flow through the urban system without any concern regarding the origin or the destination of their waste. Instead, regenerative cities mimic nature’s circular metabolism and operate in a closed-loop system that transforms waste outputs into valuable inputs. Today’s challenge is finding ways of guiding cities towards becoming more regenerative. Therefore, we identify exemplary policies to implement the vision of a regenerative city. These findings are published in our reports and our online database futurepolicy.org.
Future of Cities Forum
We host an annual international “Future of Cities Forum” that brings together mayors, city councillors, urban planners, researchers, practitioners and representatives of civil society and the private sector to discuss key challenges and solutions for regenerative cities and its hinterland. The aim is to build up a global multi-stakeholder network to operationalize the concept of a regenerative city and explore opportunities for implementation. Since 2011, the forum has taken place in Munich, Kampala, Hamburg, Dubai and Delhi. Find out more about our annual Future of Cities Forum here.
Regenerative Urban Development in China
Transforming cities into regenerative systems is a big challenge. This is especially true in China, where most of the world's biggest cities are faced with severe pollution problems and the issues of urbanisation, sustainable resource use and environmental protection are at the top of the political agenda. The 4th Future of Cities Forum in Munich in 2014 showed that the concept of regenerative cities can be a path-breaking solution for China considering its rapid urbanisation. In June 2015 the WFC Commission on Climate and Energy launched a 5-year programme on Regenerative Urban Development in China with an office in Beijing.
Regenerative Urban Development: The New Urban Agenda
In 2016, New Urban Agenda will be negotiated at the UN Conference Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador - the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. This conference takes place every 20 years and offers a platform to to formulate the international discourse for harnessing the power and forces behind urbanization. As a member of the Steering Committee in UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, we engage in the run up process of this conference. The goal is to steer the discourse towards regenerative urbanisation as cities must follow a development path on which they help improve the productive capacity of ecosystems and regenerate the resources they absorb.
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