The C40 Private Building Efficiency network

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

At the private building efficiency network workshop, the representatives of 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.

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,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Our cities account for 80 per cent 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.”

She said C40 played an important roles in cities sharing experiences and strategies for tackling climate change.

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

Success stories in the building space the City will share include sustainability programs CitySwitch, the Better Buildings Partnership and Smart Blocks.