Initiatives promoting efficient green energy and good public practice show that an alternative model is possible. These five cities have got together to make a joint declaration and a video to explain their projects and encourage other cities to join in and change their energy models.
The energy model in place until now is harmful to the environment and to people as it is based on the use of fossil fuels which generate pollution and are responsible for climate change. Likewise, the generation of electricity is centralised and thus heavily dependent on foreign countries. This makes for an inefficient system and contributes to energy poverty.
Because of this, some cities are leading a change of model based on renewable energies, savings, efficiency, managing demand and distributed local power generation which puts citizens at the centre, ensuring access to energy for all.
Barcelona, Cádiz, Madrid, Pamplona and Zaragoza are good examples of this new change of model: all of the cities contract green energy, work to combat energy poverty and promote self-consumption, savings, efficiency and citizen empowerment.
Barcelona and Pamplona have both set up a public electricity distributor; Cádiz already has a semi-public distributor which provides service for over 80% of its population; Madrid has a supply contract which guarantees the company only sells 100% renewable energy, and Zaragoza is to buy energy directly from the wholesale market.
All these projects have the common goal of changing energy models and fostering a transition towards real energy sovereignty. That’s why the five cities have got together to make a declaration and a video advocating the role of cities as leaders in this paradigmatic shift and all hope to generate more local projects.
Read the declaration here.