Cities are responsible for much of the world’s economic output, energy consumption, and carbon emissions. In addition, many towns across the world face the challenge of availability of reliable and affordable energy. The challenge of transforming towns and cities into greener, sustainable, highly efficient areas requires global action focused on energy efficiency and energy system integration.

The Sustainable Cities and Eco-energy town initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial aims to advance effective collaboration and accelerate implementation of policies on a national and local level. Through its work, the initiative facilitates sharing of best practices and learnings between cities and also addresses important energy issues in small and remote communities.

The initiative targets closer working and reaping synergies from the national and local collaboration to improve standards of living in urban areas and a secure energy future in rural areas.

Joint action and promotion of best practices can save 700 million tons of oil equivalent by 2025.