Towards 100% renewable energy cities and regions for climate change mitigation

The use of renewable energies (RE) as well as achieving local improvements to energy efficiency are both key aspects of climate change mitigation. The project supports cities and regions in partner countries in efforts to develop strategies for sourcing 100 percent of their energy needs from renewables. It is also helping relevant stakeholders to engage in the deployment of renewable energy sources and assesses local potential for renewables, creates implementation models and helps promising projects to raise financing. The project also initiates a dialogue between the various levels of government, strengthens expertise in the renewables field and encourages the development of suitable framework at the national, regional and local level. In this way, the project promotes the expansion of renewables energies and improves energy efficiency.

Project data

Argentina, Indonesia, Kenya
IKI funding
3,979,586.16 €
03/2019 till 12/2023
Implementing organisation
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability e.V.
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) - Indonesia
  • Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Directorate for Renewable Energy - Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEW&NR) - Kenya*
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) - Indonesia
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina
Implementing Partner
  • ICLEI Africa Secretariat
  • ICLEI South America Secretariat - Brazil
  • ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat

State of implementation/results

  • The cities and regions were selected for the project:
    • In Argentina: Avellaneda (Deep Dive region), Rosario and La Plata (Networking region)
    • In Indonesia: West Nusa Tenggara (Deep Dive Region) Mataram City and Sumbawa Regency (Networking City/Region)
    • In Kenya: Kisumu County (Deep Dive Region), Nakuru County and Mombasa County (Networking Region)
  • Cooperation with the cities and regions is progressing. The national advisory groups with the relevant ministries have met in the three countries. These working groups will anchor the multi-level governance of RE projects and policies in the project countries.
  • The energy modeling reports for all three deep dive cities were finalized and present the scenarios for the development of the 100% RE roadmaps. The energy modeling with a target year of 2050 concluded that the local renewable energy potential in all three Deep Dive cities/regions is large enough to meet their respective 100% RE targets for electricity, transportation, and heating/cooling. Some initial transition recommendations have been made and will be further developed in the roadmap documents.
  • The project organised an international Daring Cities event on "100% Renewable Energy Roadmaps - Contributing to the Global Energy Transition".
  • In Argentina:
    • A tool that can assess energy scenarios was delivered to La Plata and Rosario to support their roadmap development.
    • The Multilevel Governance Policy Dialogue Workshop was held on May 3, 2022 with 39 external participants at the Senate of the Argentine Nation. Target groups: the National Advisory Group, high-level policy makers and politicians, IRENA, universities, civil society organizations, and representatives of the project cities. The event focused on the importance of jointly coordinating the energy transition at all levels of government. During a workshop conditions for key actions of the project cities towards 100% renewable energy were developed.
    • Between March 18 and April 4, 2022, four meetings were held online with project cities on pre-determined energy-related topics, with an average of 40 participants. The skills generated there will help cities develop and implement the roadmaps.
    • The annual meeting of the National Advisory Group (NAG) on December 13, 2021 brought together leaders from the Ministry of Energy, financial institutions, national associations, municipal representatives, and energy sector stakeholders. An update on the development of the roadmap provided information on the different prioritized areas and main objectives, as well as synergies, challenges and opportunities.
    • Three workshops were held in late September and early October 2021 in the project cities, including the Project Implementation Teams (PIT) and key stakeholders, to present the validated vision and principles for advancing the definition of strategic pillars and objectives for the roadmaps.
    • Together with the three project cities, the project implementation groups, the members of the national advisory group, experts and other stakeholders, a workshop was held on 12.08.2021 to discuss a strategic basis and policy recommendations. In addition, a visioning workshop was held in each project city with relevant stakeholders and political representatives.
    • First status reports on all three cities, as well as a report on Argentina's energy situation including a stakeholder analysis, were published on the project website.
    • The Deep-Dive City Kick-off was held in May 2020, attended by the project team, private sector representatives, the ICLEI World Secretariat and counterparts from the network cities, was held in May 2020. ICLEI facilitated an analysis of the on-ground project implementation and a validation of the stakeholder mapping.
    • The first meeting of the national working group was held in December 2020. The meeting explored strategic opportunities to access funding for local RE projects.
  • In Indonesia:
    • On February 3, 2022, the first dialogue event for the 100% RE 2050 Roadmap of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) was held, providing a promising starting point on the path to zero net emissions by 2050
    • Two reports with the titles “ ICLEI introduces 100% renewable energy transition toolkit to West Nusa Tenggara” and “West Nusa Tenggara envisions a 100% renewable energy future” were published by ICLEI Indonesia on the project website, as well as on the ICLEI-SEAS-website
    • Visioning workshops Mataram took place in January 2021: West Nusa Tenggara stakeholders created a shared vision for the 100% renewable energy action plan.
    • Organisation of the Multilevel Governance Dialogue in November 2020.
  • In Kenya:
    • A multi-level strategic dialogue workshop was held on July 13, 2022. The goal of the dialogue is to strengthen the connection between local and national government and to connect representatives from both levels of government and financial institutions. Topics discussed included financing, barriers and opportunities in renewable energy generation, concept deficits, and roles and timeframes related to the 100% renewable energy roadmap.
    • The annual meeting of the 100% RE project's National Project Advisory Group (NPAG) was held in April 2021. It focused on specific advice for each country and knowledge and experience sharing to promote successful project implementation. Two key project deliverables were published:
      • The initial Kisumu County (Energy) Status Report examines locally specific energy indicators and includes important input from local stakeholders and authorities.
      • The National Situation Analysis for Kenya provides an overview of the Kenyan energy industry and details actors in the various sectors involved in energy. NPAG members made valuable contributions to the document.
    • Expertise France and CoM SSA III: The CGK, together with the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) and implementing partner Expertise France, is close to finalizing its Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP).
    • Biogas Demonstration Project: in November 2021, CGK commissioned a biogas plant in Nyando Subcounty. The project is a useful model for decentralized power generation and will promote dissemination and increase the share of renewable energy in the country's power mix.
    • A visioning, goal setting, and action planning workshop was held in Kisumu County in February 2022. Thirty-five people from across the county participated, including civil society as well as national government and energy sector leaders. A vision was ratified: Universal access to reliable and affordable 100% RE for sustainable development in Kisumu County by 2050. This vision is intended to guide the county during the transition
    • At a side event of the RISE Africa 2021 Action Festival, key figures from Kenya's project cities gave presentations on the theme "Achieving 100% Renewable Energy"
    • A visioning workshop for Kisumu County was held on 19.11.2020, wherein a vision statement was developed.
  • Global:
    • The event "Energizing renewables: turning commitment into action to achieve net-zero" at the ICLEI World Congress in May 2022 brought together representatives from Kisumu County and the City of Malmö, youth, and other professionals to discuss actions to advance renewable energy.
    • Representatives from the ICLEI World Secretariat participated in a panel discussion organized by the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM; global covenant of mayors) at the World Urban Forum in June 2022 on "SDG7 by 2030: Accelerating action on energy access” and in a discussion on "Building sustainable, secure and resilient energy systems at scale through local action" as part of the Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA) project.
    • In March 2022, the ICLEI World Secretariat was also represented at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue and participated in a panel discussion on "Energy Efficiency in Cities and Beyond."
    • ICLEI, together with Generation Energy, co-founded an innovative form of stakeholder engagement with a "Serious Game" targeting local governments and other relevant stakeholders to creatively and interactively show them new perspectives for their local energy transition.

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