LETTER: On the ground efforts lead climate action

LOCAL councils are outstripping federal climate action, committing to hundreds of projects to cut greenhouse gas pollution.

The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership report, Tackling Climate Change Together: Local Governments Lead the Charge, highlights hundreds of climate pledges made by councils in the Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest council climate alliance. 

Member councils are required to make five climate pledges, committing to projects ranging from powering council facilities with clean energy through to setting ambitious city-wide renewable energy and emissions reduction targets.

The pledges come as the Cities Power Partnership grows by 31 new councils, taking the network to more than 100 councils representing almost 11 million Australians.

Federal climate policy sees Australia falling short of our emissions reduction targets, climate action from our cities and towns is more important than ever.

Despite the latest data showing that Australia’s emissions are soaring, our towns and cities are quietly shifting to a renewable future.

A huge surge of local government renewable energy projects are under way – and with more than 100 councils joining the Cities Power Partnership, we’ll see many more.

As councils control more than $380 billion of the nation’s land and assets, what happens at the local government level is hugely significant – and there’s a clear signal coming from them that climate action is needed, now.

Professor Tim Flannery,

Chief Climate Councillor

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