The annual United States Conference of Mayors took place last month and detailed how cities are using energy technologies and infrastructure upgrades to advance goals for fighting climate change.
The survey of 103 cities found that four technologies are dominating how cities are becoming more energy efficient and less carbon dependent.
These four technologies include:
- All-electric vehicles
- Light emitting diode (LED) lighting
- Low-energy buildings
- Solar energy
“As we’ve witnessed over the last decade, local action on global climate challenges can lead to more jobs, savings to taxpayers, and a better quality of life for all of us,” said Jon Mitchell, mayor of New Bedford. Massachusetts, and chair of the Conference’s Energy Committee.
Of these four, EVs were viewed as most promising and it is the first time that mayors have pointed to EVs as being critical to reducing energy use and carbon emissions in cities. Deploying new EVs quickly and broadly is a goal of the new infrastructure law working its way through Congress.
LED lighting is another major infrastructure improvement that could save energy while simultaneously increasing the control over how lighting can be deployed in cities.
“Local energy and climate action has long been leading the nation’s response to these challenges,” said Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, Ohio. “These findings are both timely and useful for accelerating and expanding the public and private efforts taking place in American cities. But cities cannot do this alone, and we’re grateful that President Biden and leaders in Congress have come together to chart a new energy and climate agenda, one that we believe will come to rely increasingly on mayors and local action for its future success.”