The Canadian city of Vancouver is the latest to announce plans to achieve 100% renewable energy for electricity, transportation, heating and air conditioning. The pledge from city hall comes as a refreshing counterpoint to the Canadian federal government’s relatively poor environmental track record, which has granted licenses for fracking in the country’s fragile tar sands. Bucking the federal trend, Vancouver’s Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer said “There’s a compelling moral imperative and also a fantastic economic case to be a green city.” She projects that the 100% goal will probably be achieved around 2030 or 2035 for heating and cooling. Transport will take a little longer, with experts predicting a time scale of between 2040 and 2050.
Reimer noted that people and businesses want to live and work in clean, green urban areas. She also predicted that those who develop expertise in moving over to 100% renewable energy will be at a huge economic advantage in the future. More than 50 cities worldwide have now announced plans to switch to 100% sustainable energy. Some have already achieved it, such as Reykjavik, Iceland, which now sources all of their electricity and heat from renewables. From Sydney Australia to Copenhagen and San Francisco, global efforts towards a bright, clean renewable future are expected to come to fruition by 2020, whilst others predict the changeover by 2030-35. When you consider that the entire country of Costa Rica was powered by renewables for 75 consecutive days this year, it seems that the global green revolution is going from strength to strength.