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Leading Lights

How local authorities make solar and energy storage work today

Solar, storage and smart energy management empower local people and organisations. Investment in these technologies is essential if local leaders are to tackle climate change, improve air quality and facilitate the transition to a smart energy system.

Our Leading Lights report highlights how councils can lead on solar today and makes 10 recommendations to help all councils boost their solar capacity.

Extreme weather caused by climate change is already becoming a challenge for our towns, cities and regions and it’s going to get much more serious unless we greatly accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels. That makes the decisions taken today by local leaders more important than ever. Research for C40 provides indicators of the climate action cities around the world are likely to need to prioritise, in order to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement. By 2030 every city across the UK should be powered by at least 90% renewable energy, which makes solar a vital technology for cities and local authorities to embrace as quickly as possible. This bold action is necessary to help prevent catastrophic climate change, but it also promises huge economic, social and quality of life benefits. The low-carbon cities and regions of the future will be healthier, wealthier and more equal as a result of the climate action we are taking today.

~ Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities

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Rachel Hayes

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natural capital • emerging technologies • solar heat • scottish affairs