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Renewable energy is key to a low-carbon future, say climate leaders

Andrea Reimer addresses crowd at ICLEI World Congress 2015. Photo: Stephen Leahy

Vancouver city council's unanimous decision to commit to running on 100 per cent renewable energy is the kind of political leadership the world desperately needs says Jørgen Randers, professor of climate strategy at the Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway.

"Despite the looming catastrophe of climate change the market will choose to do nothing," Randers said in the keynote speech at the ICLEI World Congress 2015, the triennial sustainability summit of local governments in Seoul, South Korea.

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Can cities save the planet with climate action?

Image Credit: David Cadman and Park Won Soon at the World Congress 2015. By Step

Cities are responsible for 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions but they can save the planet by greening one community at a time said Vancouver's David Cadman at the close of the ICLEI World Congress 2015, the triennial sustainability summit of local governments in Seoul, South Korea.

"We can do it. We must do it," Cadman, the retiring president of Local Governments for Sustainability, told some 1,500 delegates from nearly 1,000 cities and local governments in 96 countries on April 11.

The majority of climate actions and most plans to reduce CO2 emissions are happening at the city level, Cadman told DeSmog Canada in Seoul.

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The economics of energy are changing -- will policies keep up?

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Nova Scotia's McNeil government is chewing on a couple of energy-related tax changes recommended by this fall's Broten report on taxation: a carbon tax, and removing the HST rebate on home energy. Plus, it's reviewing the subsidies for renewables.

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Needs No Introduction

National Forum on Clean Energy and Industry -- Part 1

January 26, 2015
| This forum, on October 3, 2014, brought together parliamentarians, experts and the public, to continue dialogue on renewable energy and clean technology in Canada.
Length: 1:00:36 minutes (83.24 MB)
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