SYDNEY: Sydney is all set to work towards its renewable energy target – operating 100 per cent on renewable energy by 2030. The energy will be used to source power in larger city-owned sites like pools and libraries and offset the carbon emissions from its smaller sites.
Chris Derksema, sustainability director, the City of Sydney said, “We’re increasing our renewable electricity target and achieving it earlier because our residents and businesses are demanding it, it reduces emissions and it will soon be cheaper than coal.” Derksema further added that Sydney will be a leading example, with the hope of inspiring local residents and businesses to take their own responsibility. Visitors to our swimming pools, libraries, childcare centers, and even the Sydney Town Hall will understand that we are doing our part.
The city council expects to negotiate the new 100 per cent renewable electricity contract in the coming months, which it expects to come into effect in 2020.
Clover Moore, Lord Mayor said, “Acting on climate change is the city’s top priority. We were among the first to set science-based targets in 2008 and since then we’ve reduced our emissions by 20 per cent on 2005 levels.” Moore while appreciating the decision by the council said that it would help to reduce emissions by 70 per cent.
Since 2016, by investing in energy-efficiency initiatives such as installing rooftop solar panels and LED lights, the city has reduced the usage of electricity by 26 per cent.