By SOCAR USA

Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced that it plans to go to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032.

It joins a few dozen American cities large and small that have decided to get way out ahead of the federal and state governments on renewables initiatives.

Although every renewables commitment is important, the American initiatives pale in comparison with a collective commitment that European cities have made.

More than 6,000 of the continent’s municipalities have pledged to beat European Union carbon-dioxide reduction targets, largely by increasing their use of renewables.       

Salt Lake City, a high-desert city at the center of a metro area of 1.2 million, says it is accelerating its renewables effort because climate change is already affecting it with more drought. Going to renewables quicker may slow the change, it says.

The European cities that have agreed to beat the EU’s target of a 20 percent cut in carbon dioxide by 2020 are in a group known as the Covenant of Mayors. They have collectively agree to a CO2 reduction target of 28 percent by 2020.

Some of the Covenant of Mayors cities have made the same all-renewables commitment Salt Lake City has made.

Copenhagen, for example, pledges to be the world’s first carbon-dioxide-neutral capital by 2025.

At the moment the city gets 53 percent of its energy from biomass and 4 percent from wind. It wants half its power to come from wind by 2025. 

SOCAR USA is the U.S. representative office of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, and is headed by Director Rauf Mammadov. The office was founded in 2012 and is engaged in generating awareness of the company’s global activities in the United States and exploring U.S.-based energy-industry opportunities.