The City of Sydney's efforts to tackle climate change have been given a ringing endorsement by the international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The OECD report Climate Change, Employment and Local Development looked at how cities and regions are creating green jobs and developing a skilled workforce to meet the needs of a greener economy.
The OECD report says "The City of Sydney's Sustainable Sydney 2030 presents a bold and compelling vision for how this centrally located area will tackle climate change, global competition, transportation congestion, and half a dozen other major challenges over the next 20 years."
We've set the most ambitious target of any Australian government, to cut greenhouse gas emissions 70 per cent by 2030 (on 2006 levels), and we're already well on our way.
According to the report, Sydney's strengths for the green economy include:
Dense networks of globally competitive firms with strong links to the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in finance and business services
A strong awareness about the threat of global warming and the need for concerted action
An advanced economy with strong research, technological capabilities and skills base
A globally recognised higher education and vocational education and training system
Well-developed infrastructure, outstanding amenities and living environment that is attractive to mobile knowledge workers.