Sydney Mayor aims for 70% carbon emissions drop by 2030

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore is pushing for more action on climate change from federal and state governments, according the The Courier Mail.

Moore is in Paris during the major UN climate change talks, for sideline events where she is promoting Sydney’s achievements in limiting emissions. With around 80% of carbon emissions coming out of cities, the mayor was unwilling to wait for action from the federal government and has been working hard in past years to reduce Sydney’s carbon footprint.

She said Sydney's emissions have already been reduced by 23% through bringing a solar energy program, LED lights and new bike-lane networks to the city. The goal is to reduce emissions by 70% by the year 2030, and Moore believes Sydney is well on track.

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But while Sydney is doing well, Moore is seeking more support from both federal and state governments. She was optimistic about working with James Briggs, the new federal minister for cities under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but aware that both climate change and cities have often not been high on the federal agenda.

Moore would like this to change, with The Courier Mail quoting her as saying, "Collaboration between federal, state and city local government would really give us the best outcome.”

The outcome she’s hoping for in Paris is a strong agreement to curb emissions, an agreement she says we “urgently want and need.”

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