UN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME | Cities have a unique role to play in accelerating the sustainable energy transition. Crisscrossed with transport systems and home to a variety of energy-intensive end-use sectors like heating and cooling, cities are a prime playing field to transition to sustainable energy. More than half the world’s population (55%) lives in cities today, and cities account for two-thirds of global energy demand and around 75% of global CO2emissions. However, comparable data are lacking on city-level renewable energy targets, policies and action.
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