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READy: Renewable Energy Action on Deployment by Janet Sawin, Rolf de Vos, IEA-RETD

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Chapter Nine

Local Policies

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Around the globe small hamlets and villages, cities, and urban communities—where the number of inhabitants ranges from a few thousand to several million—can develop their own strategies for renewable energy, and many have already done so.

Cities contribute to major social and environmental problems as they continue to grow; they currently account for about half of the world’s population and most of the planet’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At the same time, cities and other local communities have the potential to create substantial change, not only locally but also on the national or even global scale. This can occur by generating ...

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