Paris climate change talks
The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants from around the globe including 25,000 official delegates from government, UN agencies and community organisations, among others.
Cities around the world have a crucial role to play in addressing climate change with more than half the world’s population (a greater number in Australia) living in urban areas, which are responsible for 75 to 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. A number of organisations including C40, 100 Resilient Cities and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives have organised key meetings in Paris to showcase the role of cities.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore has been invited to participate, including:
- Resilience Day – 100 Resilient Cities together with UN Habitat and the World Bank will be showcasing mayors, especially those who have released or will soon release their climate change strategies.
- C40 Awards Ceremony – the City of Sydney has been 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.
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.
Last updated: Sunday, 29 November 2015