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Reports of Ekurhuleni, South Africa and Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Both Indonesia and South Africa are at a stage where national policies on climate change mitigation have been formulated, and there is scope for cities to begin taking concrete action. The various reports (workshops, action plans, project implementations etc.) have now been released. 

These numerous output reports aim at sharing with the readers and the public at large the achieved deliverables of the project. 

Reports can be found here.


Successful South-South cities cooperation celebrated at closure workshop in Yogyakarta


With over 50 participants from Indonesia, India and South Africa, the workshop held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 19 – 20 June 2013 was the ideal platform to share all results achieved during the REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) funded project “South-South cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia and South Africa”, a part of ICLEI Local Renewables initiative.  During the initiative, the city of Coimbatore acted as “resource city”, providing guidance to the other two municipalities involved, Ekurhuleni in South Africa and Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Read more.


REEEP project meeting in Johannesburg 

Representatives of ICLEI South Asia and ICLEI Africa attended the REEEP project meetings in Johannesburg from 3-4 July 2012. Under Call 8 of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) programme, ICLEI South Asia is leading a funded project entitled South-south Cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia and South Africa in partnership with ICLEI Africa and ICLEI South East Asia. 

The meeting saw managers from 25 projects from around the world come together to share lessons learnt from challenges and successes mid-way through the project duration. Read more.


Ekurhuleni and Yogyakarta initiate Local Renewables activities

The two youngest members of the Local Renewables network, Ekurhuleni in South Africa and Yogyakarta in Indonesia, took the first step towards initiating activities in the Local Renewables programme. Through the South African launch workshop and the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Yogyakarta, the cities have shown their commitment to furthering the uptake of local renewables.

Ekurhuleni and Yogyakarta are participant cities in the Local Renewables: South-south cooperation project funded by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), where they will be assisted through the steps of the Local Renewables programme by an advanced LR city, Coimbatore in India. Read more on the ICLEI Africa and ICLEI Southeast Asia websites.

Two new cities join the Local Renewables network!

22 March 2012, ICLEI South Asia

Ekurhuleni in South Africa and Yogyakarta in Indonesia joined the worldwide Local Renewables network to become model communities for local level renewable energy and energy efficiency actions.

Under a project supported by the Renewable Energy and Energy Partnership (REEEP), the cities will go through the Guidance Milestones with assistance from the Indian city of Coimbatore, an advanced LR model community.

The project was kick-started with a launch workshop in Coimbatore in December 2011. Preliminary information about the resource city as well as the project cities was exchanged so as to set the pace for on-going cooperation between the cities. More…

Solar maps help foster sustainable cities

29 November 2010, RenewableEnergyWorld.com

Cities across the U.S. are creating solar maps to help residents learn more about installing solar.

New York is the latest city to be developing a comprehensive map, but San Francisco started the trend in 2007. Boston was a year later. Since then, a slew of other major cities have unveiled maps, including Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and most recently, Salt Lake City and Denver.

Since the tools — which provide data such as solar potential, cost and energy savings — went live, PV installations have gone up. San Francisco had 554 solar installations in 2007 when the map launched. Today, that number is 2,073, with a total capacity of 11 megawatts.  Boston started with about 350 PV projects, with about a half a megawatt installed, in January 2008. The city has since installed 3 MW, and has a goal of 25 MW by 2015. More...

Electrifying insight, innovation and interaction at Local Renewables Freiburg 2010

18 October 2010, ICLEI Europe

E-mobility is part of, but not the sole solution to solving transport problems in cities. This was the main conclusion drawn by international experts from local governments, business and research gathered at the Local Renewables Freiburg 2010 Conference. Organized by ICLEI, the conference ran from 14-15 October 2010 in the green city of Freiburg (Germany) and focused on the role of renewables in the future of sustainable urban mobility. More...