More on Sydney's sustainability developments

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Like many Australians and citizens of the world, the City of Sydney is also doing all it can to reduce its electricity consumption and curb carbon emissions.

For some time now, it has embarked upon a community driven movement to help the environment and not leave businesses and households vulnerable to high electricity prices.

On September 30, the City released a statement confirming its commitment to reducing its environmental impact, especially in light of the latest United Nations report.

The Fifth Assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ruled that human activity is contributing significantly to climate change and the planet is warming up quickly, leaving only a short amount of time to act.

The IPCC report also said that without action, sea levels will continue to rise while snow and ice melt. Countering this would require intensive, large-scale efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that climate change is the biggest challenge of our time and the city is taking the urgent action required.

"We are getting on with the job of trying to safeguard the future for our children and grandchildren," said Ms Moore.

"We have the most ambitious emissions reductions target of any Australian government - to cut emissions 70 per cent by 2030, on 2006 levels - and we’re on track or ahead on most.

The City's achievements to date include the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on major buildings such as the Redfern Oval Grandstand, Sydney Park Pavilion and Paddington Town Hall.

Carbon emissions from the City's fleet have been reduced by 2,305 tonnes and a 95 per cent completion rate for energy and water retrofits in 45 of the City's significant buildings.

Even 2,620 old, inefficient lights have been replaced with LEDs as a part of a wider new light rollout, set to save $800,000 a year in bills and cut 45 per cent of carbon emission.

These are only a select few of the City's overall environmental achievements, showing that carbon cutting measures are viable and financially prosperous.

Sydney now has a Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan, where further environmental targets are identified.

"We have reached a critical decade and as the IPCC report states, the time to act is now," concluded Ms Moore.

Posted by Charlie Moore