The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) today welcomed the Coalition’s release of its plans to provide funds directed at boosting renewable energy and clean technology in capital cities.

In welcoming today’s release, CCCLM Chair and Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim noted that “whilst the funding proposed is much welcomed, it demonstrates that action is required by all three levels of government working together which will allow cities to deliver emissions reductions”.

“Our cities are instrumental in delivering emissions reductions to meet the Australian Government’s commitments, and capital cities stand ready to work alongside Federal and State/Territory governments to deliver energy efficiency in our cities” said the Lord Mayor.

“It is recognised that Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised nations, and Australian’s are large users of energy. Cities produce a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions and consume an estimated 75% of the world’s energy.

“Australian cities are vulnerable to a number of natural disasters – rising sea levels, flooding in low lying areas, increased water scarcity, extreme heat conditions and weather events. Cities play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as planning and managing the impacts of climate change.  By working together, all levels of Government can ensure that Australia’s cities are strong and resilient, offering a quality of life that today’s and future generations can enjoy”.

Lord Mayors call on the Federal Government to work with State and Territory governments, as well as capital city councils, to get the regulatory environment right in order to allow projects to be delivered under the proposed scheme announced today.

“Our capital cities welcome the announcement of the program, and look forward to working with the Federal Government on the delivery of clean energy that matters to the future of our cities” said the Lord Mayor.