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Edmonton has a big plan. By 2035, it aims to cut per capita energy consumption by 25% and community energy consumption by 35%. How? Through changing the way it powers buildings and fuels municipal vehicles.

This is backed up by a 2020 target to reduce GHG emissions, as well as building the world’s first industrial scale waste-to-biofuels factory. The facility will convert non-recyclable and non-compostable waste material into 38 million liters of biofuel, which will help the city reach its goal of divertiing up to 90% of residential waste from landfill.

This is backed up by a 2020 target to reduce GHG emissions, as well as building the world’s first industrial scale waste-to-biofuels factory. The facility will convert non-recyclable and non-compostable waste material into 38 million liters of biofuel, which will help the city reach its goal of divertiing up to 90% of residential waste from landfill.

WHY WE LOVE CITIES

With over 3.5 billion people living in them, cities have a big climate footprint. But they’ve got an even bigger opportunity to create better places to live and a healthier planet in the process. Through better transport, green buildings, harnessing the power of nature, wasting less and loving more, cities can lead the way to a climate-friendly future.

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We love to get around

Cities are transforming the way people travel. For sustainable cities, improving the way people get around also means reducing the amount of energy we use. Transportation accounts for 25% of global energy use so cities are finding ways

to change that. Car-free and car-restricted areas, electrification, more public transport, promoting cycling and pedestrian-friendly streets are just some of the better ways to travel that will lead to a healthier environment.

We love the power of nature

Cities love the power of nature and are becoming hotspots for renewable energy solutions. Right now, city dwellers are responsible for over 70% of our planet’s energy-related carbon emissions. But by becoming trailblazers for renewables, cities have the opportunity

to change that. From solar water heating, geothermal heating, biogas, wind farms, solar electricity and smart grids, renewables don’t affect the air we breathe, our water supplies and our climate system. And that means healthy, happier people.

We love green buildings

Cities are at the forefront of improving the places that we live and work. Buildings define the character of our cities. But it’s not just about what they look like, it’s about how they work too. Buildings use one third of the world’s energy, and in bigger cities

they account for up to 80% of carbon emissions. By championing new designs, incentives and standards, cities are leading the way to more energy-efficient homes, and inspiring a global trend where new buildings become energy producers rather than energy consumers.

We love clean living

By wasting less and loving more, cities are leading the way to smart waste solutions. Like turning waste into resource. Biogas, district heating, compost, fertilizer, irrigation, and recycled goods all come from waste and waste water.

And making these reources creates jobs too. By minimizing and trapping waste for material and energy, smarter urban waste management improves the economy, the environment and promotes clean living – all at the same time.

We love good food

From top restaurants to cool street stalls, food is a big part of what defines a city. It’s also becoming a big part of the sustainability journey. Climate-smart food procurement and the promotion of more veggie based diets addresses food’s climate

impact as well as health issues; urban farming is improving food security; while hospitals and schools are recycling packaging and composting leftovers so nothing goes to waste. The more cities use the power of food, the better cities will become.

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