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:

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

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

For communities reliant on a local coal industry, local government can support the transition away from fossil fuels, by lobbying for state and federal support for a just transition for workers, families and the community and encouraging local economic development and opportunities based on a low carbon economy.

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

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.

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