This week I have been at the C40 Cities Climate Summit talking about the world leading initiatives the City of Sydney is taking to address climate change and learning what other cities around the world are doing.
It has been very inspiring to meet so many global leaders at the Summit all committed to taking action on climate change.
During my speech yesterday I outlined the practical steps the City is taking to retrofit our buildings, street lighting, transport networks and public spaces to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 (on 2006 levels).
We've finished 18 solar projects, reducing emissions by 180 tonnes and established a $2 million per year renewable energy fund.
Our most ambitious program will transform energy supply throughout the city, completely replacing our dependence on coal with energy from local tri-generation and renewable sources by 2030.
This is really important because Australia is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases per capita in the developed world - mainly due to our centralised coal-fired power stations.
I believe that practical action is the most effective way to advocate urgently needed change in our city and our state.
- C40 website: http://live.c40cities.org/