April 4, 2019
The City of Sydney has announced its aim to transition to 100% renewable energy, following a vote earlier this week by the city council.
The commitment will see the City of Sydney cut emissions by 18,000 tonnes a year, roughly equivalent to 4,000 households.
The plan will see the city give preference to community-generated sources, such as solar PV, to power its larger sites and offset emissions.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the decision follows intense efforts by the City to reduce energy consumption and emissions.
“Acting on climate change is the City’s top priority. We were among the first to set science-based targets in 2008 and since then we’ve reduced our emissions by 20 percent on 2005 levels.
“This decision by Council will allow us to achieve our commitment to reduce emissions by 70 per cent, ten years ahead of our own 2030 deadline, well on the way to net-zero by 2050.
“The City’s strong economic position and the money we’ve saved by investing in energy efficiency allows us to act responsibly by committing to 100 per cent renewable energy.