We need climate action

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The time for climate talk has passed, we need climate action 

On Monday 24 June 2019, City of Sydney Council declared a climate emergency.

For more than a decade, climate action has been our greatest priority. We set a goal to reduce our emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, and – following the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 – we set a more ambitious goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

By taking action across our own operations, from installing LED street lights, transitioning to electric and hybrid vehicles, and overseeing one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar programs, we became Australia’s first carbon neutral council in 2007. As of June 2017, we’d reduced emissions in our own operations by 25 per cent.

In 2020, we will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, allowing us to meet our 2030 target by 2024 – six years early. We’re also working with building owners and businesses across the city to reduce their environmental impact. Click here for a list of our climate actions from 2007-2019.

However, successive Federal Governments have shamefully presided over a climate disaster, and now we are at a critical juncture – we face a climate emergency.

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased for four consecutive years. It is clear that the current Federal Government’s policies are simply not working.

By declaring a climate emergency, we call on the Federal Government to respond urgently to the emergency, by reintroducing a price on carbon to meet the Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets, and establishing a Just Transition Authority to ensure Australians employed in fossil fuel industries find appropriate alternate employment.

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