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Council to consider new science based climate targets

Posted On August 12, 2016

Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio, Cr Arron Wood, said Council will consider a new five year plan to cut emissions from Council’s day-to-day operations along with a science-based emissions reduction target.

“Melbourne and other global cities are delivering on the Paris agreement, which for the first time, sets out a plan to avoid dangerous climate change,” Cr Wood said.

“We should demonstrate our leadership on climate action by publicly committing to a science-based emission reduction target of 4.5 per cent per year.

“This is the level of emissions reduction needed internationally to avoid a 1.5ºC to 2ºC rise in average global temperature by 2050.”

The Emissions Reduction Plan for Council Operations 2016-2021 will be considered by the Future Melbourne Committee at its meeting on Tuesday 16 August.

If adopted, the Emission Reduction Plan would replace Council’s previous target to reduce emissions by 10 per cent by 2018 – a target which has already been met. It would also include targets to continue to reduce emissions from Council operations, in addition to the purchase of carbon offsets.

The new 4.5 per cent per year proposed target would equate to almost a 34 per cent reduction in Council’s overall emissions over the 10 years to 2020.

In 2014-15, the City of Melbourne generated 45,242 tonnes of carbon dioxide from its operations. Approximately 39 per cent of these emissions were generated from street lights and 30 per cent from buildings. Under the proposed plan, more than $1 million would be allocated to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects using existing financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Cr Wood will seek international input on Melbourne’s climate change initiatives when he represents the Asia Pacific region at a two-day climate change summit in London this week.

The cities of Melbourne and Portland are the only non-elected members of the C40 climate network to be invited to the meeting at the invitation of C40 Director Mark Watts and C40 Chair and the Mayor of Rio De Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.

“At COP21 in Paris in December, Arron stood out as one of the most thoughtful and articulate of the C40 city senior representatives. We want to take advantage of his expertise and vision in developing C40’s next strategic plan,” Mr Watts said.

There are 85 global cities in the C40 group, which represents 550+ million people and one quarter of the global economy.

 

Source: City of Melbourne

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