For the sixth year in a row the City of Sydney is supporting WWF's Earth Hour. We will lead by example and turn-off non-essential lights in all council properties for one hour from 8.30 pm on Saturday 31 March.
On the night I will be attending an awards ceremony at the Sydney Opera House to acknowledge individuals who have made outstanding efforts going 'beyond the hour' for a more sustainable future.
We all know that one hour of action is a symbolic reminder of the urgent need to tackle the environmental challenges we face. This year, we're calling on everyone to go 'beyond the hour' and make simple, sustainable changes in your daily life.
Simple steps like switching-off appliances at the power point rather than leaving them on stand-by can reduce electricity use by a tenth, saving money and reducing pollution.
The City is committed to reducing carbon pollution in central Sydney by 70 per cent by 2030, one of the most ambitious targets of any Australian government. Projects to reduce pollution and energy costs include:
- retrofitting council buildings to reduce energy use by more than 20 per cent
- rolling-out LED lighting to halve energy use by the City's 6,450 street and park lights, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in electricity bills and maintenance costs, and
- investing in trigeneration to provide low carbon electricity, heating and cooling for council buildings and commercial properties in central Sydney, reducing carbon pollution by 25 to 30 per cent by 2030.
The City has sponsored Earth Hour since it began in Sydney in 2007 and we're proud to have seen it grow and become an important part of the global campaign against climate change.
I encourage you to take part by switching-off your lights during Earth Hour and to gather with people in your community, your friends or family for an 'unplugged' power-free event of your own..
- Earth Hour http://www.earthhour.org/