City of Sydney

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Net Zero

Emissions by 2050 target

50%

Electricity renewable by 2030

The City of Sydney is a Round 2 Power Partner in the Cities Power Partnership

The City of Sydney has targets for its local government area (LGA) to be net zero emissions by 2050 and for 50 per cent of electricity to be renewable by 2030 (and for our own operations by 2021).

We have an active and engaged community, and since 2006 total emissions across the LGA have fallen by more than 17 per cent. During this time the local economy grew by 32 per cent, and there are 25 per cent more people living in the city, 19 per cent more workers, 18 per cent more homes and 10 per cent more floor space.

This shows that decoupling carbon emissions from growth is happening, and the new economy can be a prosperous one. Sydney is not alone; this is a common story for many cities around the planet.

The City is a long-standing member of the C40 Climate Leadership group and the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. By joining the Cities Power Partnership we hope to be able to share some of the outcomes from these international networks.

Details on their sustainability and energy successes, plans and pledges are coming soon.  In the meantime you can check out their work on the City’s Carbon Reduction web page.

 

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City of Sydney Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

Ensure that new developments are designed to maximize public and active transport use, and are designed to support electric vehicle uptake.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approvals processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

Consider disincentives for driving high emitting vehicles such as congestion pricing, or a tiered payment system for residential car parking permits where high emitting vehicles pay more.

Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

Ensure that the practices of local government contractors and financing such as banking, insurance, and super are aligned with council goals relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. Set appropriate criteria for council procurement.

Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.

Opening up unused council managed land for renewable energy, for example land fills, and road reserves.

Set up meetings and attend events, such as the Community Energy Congress or Cities Power Partnership Summit, where like-minded cities can address common concerns and learn from others’ experience.

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