City of Sydney’s 100% renewable pledge shames federal government inaction

Sydney, March 28, 2019: In response to the news that the City of Sydney will use 100% renewables to meet its electricity needs, Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner Alix Foster Vander Elst said today:

“We applaud the City of Sydney for taking this significant step that will see the city getting behind the renewable energy revolution. It’s a sign of how far things have come that a major player like the City of Sydney can power its entire operations with clean, reliable renewable energy.

“Sydney has joined Australian cities and towns including the City’s of Melbourne and Canberra, and small towns like Yackandandah in making this commitment to use only clean energy, along with big corporate players like Carlton United Breweries and Mars, and academic institutions like the University of New South Wales, Monash University, and the University of Queensland.

“Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore is to be congratulated for showing what is possible and giving us a clear signal about how far renewable technologies have come. Clover Moore has said acting on climate change is the city’s top priority. It should be Australia’s top priority – at every layer of government and corporate life.

“Big polluters like Coles, Woolworths, Telstra, and Australia’s major banks should be taking notice of this progress – as should councils like Brisbane City Council.

“The bold action of the City of Sydney stands in stark contrast to the climate leadership void at the Federal level. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other coal fetishists including Tony Abbott and Matt Canavan continue to hold Australia back from taking the kind of action required to address the climate emergency,” said Foster Vander Elst

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James Norman | Greenpeace Australia Pacific Communications Campaigner | 0451 291 775 | j[email protected]