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Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore on a bold new plan for a green and resilient future

By Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney

This week, the City of Sydney agreed on ambitious new targets for 50 per cent of electricity used in the local area to come from renewable energy by 2030, and for net zero emissions by 2050. We have already committed to our long-term vision, Sustainable Sydney 2030, a program to take urgent climate action and reduce emissions by 70 per cent by 2030.

Our new plan for the next five years, Environmental Action 2016–2021, tracks the way to 44 per cent emission reductions in our own operations and significant reductions for the local area. We’re really excited by this bold new plan for a green and resilient future for Sydney. It builds on the important work already being delivered and sets strong new actions.

World leaders agreed to limit global temperature rise to less than 2°C at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris last year. Temperatures are already increasing and by 2070, Sydney could be up to three degrees hotter. The City of Sydney is getting on with the job of slowing this dangerous warming while setting bold new targets for the future. It is encouraging that many other mayors and cities in the C40 network are doing the same.


Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and City Sustainability Director Chris Derksema 

City of Sydney became carbon neutral in 2007 and was the first government in Australia certified as such in 2011. Since 2006, emissions across our local government area have reduced by 19 per cent amid strong economic growth. This is a plan for a more climate resilient, low-carbon, green and cool city that supports an active and connected city.

For more information on Sydney’s plans and targets, read the Press Release here
The City’s Environmental Action 2016 -2021 is open for feedback until 12 August, 2016: sydneyyoursay.com.au

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.
  • Nigel Howard

    Congratulations and thanks for your leadership Clover and Chris – meanwhile at Federal and State level we’ve made COP21 commitments but just seem to be going backwards on mitigating GHG emissions and keeping our coal in the ground. The penny hasn’t dropped with our banks which are only making token investments in renewables. Australia’s economic and jobs future will be blighted by remaining the global climate pariah.

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