Today July 1st, Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, announced its plans to power 100% of its operations with renewable energy. With this latest move, the city expects to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 20,000 tons. And in the next decade, Sydney will save approximately $5,000,000.
With over 250,000 people in Central Sydney, citizens will benefit from its latest sustainability move. Everything from street lights to the Town Hall will run on renewable energy sourced from New South Wales wind and solar farms.
Especially due to Covid-19, many people have recently become unemployed. With this green energy deal worth $60 million, people will have access to more jobs. Additionally, it will help Australia reach its next milestone of reducing 70% of carbon emissions by 2030. Based on current progress, it looks like Australia could reach the goal quite a bit sooner.
“Cities are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, so it is critical that we take effective and evidence-based climate actions,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore says.
In Mid-2021, Central Sydney also plans to implement 7,800 solar panels to power buildings. It has partnered with electricity distribution company Ausgrid to make its street lights LEDs. The move will help the city save over $1,000,000 in energy and maintenance fees.
As Sydney does its part in fighting climate change, other populous cities should take a page out of its book and implement changes that benefit not only the economy but also the environment.
Jalen Xing is a Writer at theRising and the co-founder of Students For Hospitals. You can pitch him stories at jalen.xing [at] gmail [dot] com.