Inspired by CGI's 2006 Energy & Climate Change working group, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability will provide tools and technical expertise to a select group of local governments in India, China, Australia and the United States, enabling them to implement energy-efficiency measures and harness energy sources (e.g., wind, solar) more effectively.
For the first time, ICLEI will launch the 10 eCities Technology Collaborative as a formal working group of 10 cities that share similar energy needs and demographics. Among the 10 eCities - a minimum of two from each country - ICLEI will facilitate exchanges of renewable-energy information and energy technology. The technology exchange will provide participating cities with the access to, expertise in, and support for energy technologies that will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions substantially and cut energy costs through efficiency.
The eCities will take measurements on their energy production and consumption to establish benchmarks for the project. They will then track their successes over the following three years. The 10 eCities Technology Collaborative will offer examples to the rest of the world and demonstrate which technologies are most viable for other cities that seek to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, to increase consumption of renewable energies, and to save money.
Given the project's initial success, it bodes the potential to engage additional cities and ultimately influence the energy sector from the demand side.
Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 475 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI's growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based programs.
In 2007, ICLEI will continue to advance the 2005 commitment announced at CGI's inaugural meeting. In an effort to expand the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, ICLEI will engage 100 new local governments in climate protection worldwide. ICLEI will formally launch the Climate Safe Communities Campaign, a global network of local governments to develop policy options, programs, and plans to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Establishing energy portfolios (a record of energy sources and baseline measurements) for each city participating in the project.
ICLEI seeks the following:
· Technical partners from the energy industry to work with the 10 eCities introducing and applying new sources of renewable energy;
· In-country partners to help strengthen links between the eCities group and its host communities;
· Organizations that can lend experience in successful technology transfer specifically focused on energy
· Partners that can share technologies with the cities to reduce costs and speed uptake and application of renewable-energy sources.