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City council okays plan to decimate emissions

By Louise Morrin

Sydney is known for being one of the most sustainable cities in the world. It achieved carbon-neutral status some time ago now, and for a city of more than 4million people, that's no mean feat. But the city is constantly driving to make itself even cleaner and more energy responsible, helping ensure residents of property in Carlton and nearby areas live in a city that is clean and healthy. 

As if residents needed further confirmation of this commitment, the City of Sydney has recently adopted the final version of the Energy Efficiency Master Plan, which aims to save residents and businesses more than $600million in energy bills by 2030. Along with this, the plan is expected to save the building sector up to 31 per cent of its power usage while increasing floor space by 29 per cent. 

Lord mayor Clover Moore emphasised that the measure was not just important for the Harbour City itself, but wider Australia, as it attempted to transition into a more climate-friendly world. 

"Cities account for 80 per cent of global carbon emissions," she said. 

"Our efforts to increase energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions are vital in the fight against climate change."

Already, 45 properties have been retrofitted to reduce water and power use. It's all part of Sydney's ambitious plan to slash its carbon emissions by 70 per cent in 15 years' time. 

The measure also came just prior to the public discussion being held on Australia's emissions targets today at 6:30 p.m., titled The Politics of Climate Change. The talk will be held by former EU commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard, and is open to the public.

Those who want to see it for themselves and get a taste of what future living in real estate in St George will be like should make their way to the Sydney Town Hall on George Street this evening.

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