Breakthrough climate deal in Paris

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the strong agreement forged overnight in Paris was truly historic.

"This is a breakthrough. For the first time, global leaders have joined together in a bid to limit global warming to 1.5°C and strike a course to a safer climate," the Lord Mayor said.

"This historic global deal reflects strong action already underway at the local level in cities like Sydney. Our experience shows you can set and deliver on ambitious targets, while overseeing a thriving city economy."

"It's now time for our federal government to put its commitments into practice and work with the cities, states, communities and businesses that are getting on with the job - or at least get out of the way."

"The biggest challenge remains moving fast enough so that emissions have peaked by the time the agreement comes into force in 2020."

"We've developed a master plan to power the City of Sydney with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Using wind and solar for electricity and harnessing waste for a city-wide renewable heating and cooling system, Sydney can become a 100 per cent renewable city."

Research by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Stockholm Environment Institute showed one third of the remaining 'safe' carbon budget will be determined by decisions made in cities like Sydney.

"In Sydney, we're getting on with the job of protecting against these dangerous climate threats for our community. We have the most ambitious target of any Australian government - to cut emissions 70 per cent by 2030, on 2006 levels - and we're well on track."

"We're already seeing the positive effects of our commitment to tackling climate change, and through this new agreement will continue to see another wave of innovation and investment."

"This agreement is a credit to the thousands of negotiators, researchers and campaigners, city, state and national leaders, businesses and advocates who fought for a deal in Paris, and for the hundreds of thousands who marched for action on climate change."

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Note for editors on the City's sustainability achievements:

  • Major retrofit of 45 of the City's major buildings complete. The retrofit has cut the City's electricity use by about 6.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) a year - enough to supply about 1000 households annually - and saved an estimated $1.1 million a year in power bills;
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) installed on major buildings such as Redfern Oval Grandstand, Sydney Park pavilion and Paddington Town Hall. The panels are expected to reduce the City's annual carbon pollution by around 2,073 tonnes, about five per cent of the City's total electricity use;
  • 6,450 lights replaced with LEDs across the City's streets and parks, saving nearly $800,000 a year in electricity bills and maintenance a year and reducing carbon emissions by nearly 40 per cent;
  • Better Buildings Partnership members, including owners of more than half the city's commercial property, supported to reduce their emissions by 145,000 tonnes, or 45 per cent, saving $30 million in the last year alone;
  • Nearly 600 new businesses recruited to the Smart Green Business Program. This year members saved 15,000 tonnes carbon emissions;
  • Increased businesses participating in the CitySwitch Green Office program, which covers nearly three million square metres office floor space across the city; and;
  • The city's largest stormwater harvesting system installed at Sydney Park. The $10.5 million project will captures and cleans up to around 850 million litres stormwater a year, providing a sustainable water supply for the parks' future.

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