Getting ready for climate change
Our new climate adaptation strategy outlines a plan of actions to safeguard Sydney against the threat of soaring temperatures, worsening storms and rising sea levels. The plan has been developed in collaboration with major science organisations, top businesses and the community, with an independent citizen’s panel offering community input and rating climate action priorities.
The most popular climate change actions from the community include:
- 92% – trees and plants for shade, cooling and shelter
- 88% – open space and infrastructure for changing rainfall
- 87% – buildings, streets and open space to withstand extreme heat
- 86% – factoring climate change into all future City decisions
- 84% – lobbying for design and building codes that plan for climate change.
- developing a heatwave response plan
- raising awareness about climate-related events such as air pollution, bushfires and heatwaves
- developing a sea level rise adaptation action plan
- working with energy companies to assess trigger points and potential vulnerability of the city’s power supply
- calling for changes to engineering and building standards and codes to address climate change.
The City’s climate adaptation plan is part of a series of environmental strategies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, advanced waste treatment and decentralised water management.
An important part of our Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision is a commitment to environmental leadership.
The City of Sydney is Australia’s first carbon neutral local government and aims to reduce carbon emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 – one of the most ambitious targets set by any government in Australia.
A suite of green infrastructure master plans have been developed to achieve the City’s targets for energy efficiency, renewable energy, tri-generation, waste and water.
The City’s climate adaptation strategy is a landmark plan prepared with major science groups earlier this year to help deal with issues ranging from changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels to more severe heat waves.
To reach its target the City is ‘showing by doing’ and taking strong action to slash emissions and improve energy efficiency across its own buildings and operations. The City is working with businesses and residents to reduce emissions by inspiring and educating through workshops and programs.
- We are boosting the environmental performance of our buildings, improving water efficiency and managing waste smarter to ensure we leave a healthy city for future generations.
- Our inventive zero waste programs have successfully diverted more than 2/3 of domestic waste from landfill while our sustainable business programs such as the Better Buildings Partnership have already reduced carbon emissions by 35% since 2006.
- We are proud co-chair of the C40 private buildings efficiency network.
- Projects such as installing LED lighting will help boost our sustainable performance and paving footpaths with pale materials will help reduce urban heat island effects.
- We are protecting local biodiversity and increasing our urban tree canopy under our Greening Sydney plan.
Paris climate change talks
The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change met in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore was invited to participate, including:
- Resilience Day – 100 Resilient Cities together with UN Habitat and the World Bank showcased mayors, especially those who have released or will soon release their climate change strategies.
- C40 Awards Ceremony – the City of Sydney was nominated for our Residential Apartments Sustainability Plan.
- Climate Summit for Local Leaders – C40 forum with sessions highlighting the successes of inter-city collaboration, how city leaders are driving market place change and the need for more financial support to ensure future low carbon cities.
The City has welcomed the breakthrough climate deal achieved in Paris. Global leaders from nearly 200 nations have joined together in a bid to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
Last updated: Tuesday, 19 January 2016