C40 climate network
World city leaders meet in Sydney
Leaders from 13 cities (pictured above) representing almost 100 million people visited Sydney in September 2015 to workshop ways to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and tackle global climate change.
Cities generate over 70% of global carbon pollution and are home to more than half the world’s population.
The City of Sydney is co-chair of the private buildings efficiency network along with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which supports cities to develop policies and programs that improve residential and commercial energy efficiency.
Experts from Tokyo, New York, London, Singapore, Seoul, Johannesburg, Wuhan, Melbourne, Cape Town, Houston, San Francisco and Shenzhen joined forces at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group’s private building efficiency network workshop at Sydney Town Hall.
The Sydney event followed a workshop and summit hosted by Tokyo in mid-2014.
The City’s sustainability programs, including CitySwitch, the Better Buildings Partnership, Smart Green Business and Smart Blocks, are improving energy performance of buildings across the city while making significant financial savings.
Better Buildings Partnership members have slashed their energy bills by $30 million a year since the partnership was established and avoided over 113,000 tonnes carbon emissions in the last year alone.
The City’s new master plan for energy efficiency shows businesses and residents how to slash greenhouse pollution and save more than $600 million in energy bills by 2030.
Part of the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 program is a community-driven mission to address climate change. The City is also Australia’s first carbon-neutral government with ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 70% by 2030 on 2006 levels.
City stakeholders learn from world city leaders
The City further hosted an energy efficiency forum (see gallery below) at Customs House – Learning from Global Leaders – attended by over 140 stakeholders from the City’s various sustainability programs. Attendees heard about:
- New York City’s Carbon Challenge – a plan to reduce building emissions by 30%.
- Singapore’s 3rd Green Building Masterplan – engages building occupants to drive energy consumption behavioural change (PDF 2.1 MB).
- Sydney’s Smart Green Apartments program and Smart Blocks – encourages energy efficiency in residential apartment blocks.
- London’s Business Energy Challenge – encourages businesses to reduce energy intensity and share performance data.
- San Francisco’s plans to tackle climate change.
- Australia’s NABERS and commercial building disclosure programs – provides energy efficiency benchmarking tools across various building types.
- Shenzhen’s emission trading scheme pilot and Tokyo’s cap and trade program – examples of local emission trading schemes to encourage energy efficiency.
- The NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme – whereby organisations can claim tradable energy savings certificates for energy efficiency improvements.
Leading international energy efficiency group
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 75 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 550 million people and ¼ of the global economy.
The City is leading the C40 energy efficiency network with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Setting the network's direction, collaborating with other cities and hosting a forum of member cities in Sydney will all be carried out by the City.
It's vital that cities work together to share information and success stories, and show leadership to drive significant action on climate change.
Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.
Sydney was appointed co-chair of the private buildings efficiency network with Tokyo in 2015. The appointment is recognition of Sydney's sustainability achievements. We're already empowering others across Australia through our programs and strategies and our C40 leadership role will allow us to work with, and learn from the global community.
Last updated: Friday, 25 September 2015