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.

Environmental leadership

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.

Media releases

National accolades for climate-conscious business leaders

CitySwitvh winners
Smart green companies earned national recognition last night for leading the way with energy-efficient buildings and slashing carbon emissions. The CitySwitch Green Office awards are a prestigious event recognising environmental excellence across the Australian business community. NSW winners for 2015 … Continued

Report backs Sydney’s action against extreme weather threat

Sydney storms
The City of Sydney’s ambitious actions to slash emissions have been backed by a new report, confirming global warming is intensifying the impact of extreme weather events globally with Sydney at risk from heatwaves, droughts and sea level rise. The … Continued

Sydney recognised as driver for global climate action

Sydney Harbour
The City of Sydney has been recognised for international excellence alongside Buenos Aires, Copenhagen and Milan in an international index of the top 100 city responses to climate change. The Cities100 index is developed by C40, a network of the … Continued

Solar power on tap at Newtown brewery

Young Henry's owner Oscar MacMahon and Pingala's Jake Steele
The City of Sydney is helping a community group build a solar power plant on top of their local brewery to slash emissions and boost renewable energy in the heart of the inner west. Grant funding will help community group … Continued

Cleaner, safer – major street light retrofit completed

LED lighting at Bicentennial Park
The City of Sydney has completed a major program to install energy efficient LEDs in street and park lights across its entire local area, reducing energy use by 40 per cent and improving visibility at night. Over 6,150 conventional street … Continued

Last updated: Sunday, 29 November 2015