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What we do

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.

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Renewable Energy
Road to
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.

We gather and engage national and regional legislators with leading experts on energy policy.

We address the question of how legislators can promote a rapid shift to a 100% renewable energy society.


In-depth research underpins our advocacy work.

Current Projects

100% RE Roadmap Development

 Tanzania and Bangladesh

In November 2016, at the UN COP22 in Marrakesh/Morocco, 48 countries committed to “strive to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible while working to end energy poverty, protect water and food security, taking into consideration national circumstances. These 48 countries are among the most vulnerable countries and are untied as the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) – Tanzania and Bangladesh are among them.

The goal of the project is to develop a coherent strategy on how to implement 100% Renewable Energy as part of the countries’ broader development goals.

Through an inclusive and interactive approach engaging local stakeholders and key decision-makers in the energy transformation process this project inspire stakeholders and builds hands-on knowledge on 100%RE, strengthen synergies, networks and platforms for multi-stakeholder dialogues at national and international levels and identifies necessary legislation and policy reforms.

LATEST

PUBLICATIONS

DEEDS

Dialogue on European Decarbonisation Strategies

The DialoguE on European Decarbonisation Strategies (DEEDS) supports the European Decarbonisation Pathway Initiative (EDPI) and its High-level Panel through creating state-of-the art knowledge on decarbonisation pathways, facilitating a dialogue with and creating a network of leading scientists, businesses, policy-makers and NGOs. The project aims to create a knowledge base on relevant research areas: energy, cities, industry, finance, mobility, digitalisation and social innovation and agriculture and land use.

DEEDS has started in October 2017 and will end in September 2020. It is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 framework, implemented by a consortium of 15 leading European research institutions, associations and NGOs.

Community Energy

Energy is power. Power to the People!

Renewable Energy has the potential to empower people worldwide, and to make communities stronger and more independent. This also applies to the European Union, where  regional cooperation can effectively bridge the gap between national renewable energy policies and a Europeanised approach to renewable energy deployment. Additionally, regional action across borders allows for participation of non-state actors, possibly a higher political legitimacy and fitted solutions for local conditions.

Enhancing Regional Renewables Cooperation in the EU

In five days in September 2016, 13 policy-makers and -shapers from 8 countries travelled 1,500 kilometres from Denmark via Germany and the Netherlands to Belgium.

Their mission? Exploring what regional cooperation means in practice andhow it can boost renewable energy in Europe.

This report presents their key insights, presents the learnings from the visited projects and summarises the main policy recommendations for decisionmakers on local, national and European level.

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Initiatives
100% Renewable Energy

Global100RE

Global 100% RE Campaign

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

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African Renewable Energy Alliance

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.

Regenerative Cities
How to achieve
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. We therefore identify transferrable success factors that enable cities to go beyond sustainability and become regenerative. A regenerative city enhances rather than undermines the ecosystems on which it depends.

While modern cities function in a linear manner in which resources are used and wasted, regenerative cities are based on circular resource flows and generate the resources it consumes. In order to realize this vision, we analyse case studies from across the globe and set regional focuses for the advocacy work. For example, the WFC office in Beijing specifically identifies policy solutions for transforming Chinese cities into Regenerative Cities.

We focus on how cities can mimic nature’s circular metabolism.

We identify exemplary policies to implement the vision of a regenerative city.

We promote dialogue and exchange of transferable success factors across cities worldwide.

Current Projects

Regnerative Urban Development

The innovative Sponge City

Our vision of regenerative cities is not only to provide urban residents with green livable cities, but also to re-connect them with nature by re-building the regenerative relationship between humans and nature. Therefore, we identified three fundamental regenerations to focus on: the Regeneration of Resources and Energy, the Regeneration of Urban Ecosystems, and the Regeneration of Urban Spaces.

In China, the WFC’s regenerative vision of using nature-based solutions to improve urban climate resilience was promoted into China’s “Sponge City” campaign through a series of advocacy activities. With the “Sponge City” we developed an innovative concept to improve an eco-friendly water-management solution for cities facing water related challenges.

LATEST

PUBLICATIONS

Initiatives
Future of Cities Forum

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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

World Urban Campaign

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World Urban Campaign

We are member of the Steering Committee of UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign. The World Urban Campaign (WUC) is an advocacy and partnership platform to raise awareness about positive urban change in order to achieve green, productive, safe, healthy, inclusive, and well planned cities. Its goal is to place the Urban Agenda at the highest level in development policies. It is coordinated by UN-Habitat and driven by a large number of committed partners – currently 136 partners and networks – from around the world.

Our goal as an official partner of the campaign is to steer the discourse towards regenerative urban development and ensure that this concept is included within the international dialogue on urbanization and deliberated in the relevant negotiations. 

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