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Sydney tackles building efficiency in cities summit

Leaders from cities including Tokyo, New York, London and Singapore will meet in Sydney on Wednesday 16 September for a C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group workshop designed to improve building efficiency.

Energy-efficient lighting solutions will be among the topics discussed at the building efficiency network workshop, where delegates from 13 cities representing close to 100 million people will work to develop ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions in residential and commercial buildings.

C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. The City of Sydney, along with the Tokyo government, is co-chair of C40’s private buildings efficiency network, which supports cities in developing policies and programs to improve residential and commercial energy efficiency.

“While our federal leaders disregard global warming, city leaders are getting on with the job,” said Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore. “Our cities account for 80% of carbon emissions worldwide, so it’s cities where we need strong action.

“With leaders from 13 global cities including Tokyo, London, Seoul, New York City, Johannesburg and Shenzhen in Sydney this week, I’m looking forward to plenty of insights into tackling emissions and global warming in our cities.”

The City of Sydney has an energy efficiency improvement target of 31% by 2030, as part of an overall strategy to cut emissions by 70% by 2030, based on 2006 levels.