The city of Melbourne, Australia, has declared itself a carbon neutral metropolisafter being certified by the Australian Government’s independent carbon offsetting authority Low Carbon Australia. City officials say the certification highlights the hard work being put in to reach the goal of Zero Net Emissions by 2020.
Taking an entire city from emitter to carbon neutral in a decade is no easy feat. In order to achieve its goal of Zero Net Emissions by 2020, the City of Melbourne mounted a long-term campaign to change the way it uses energy by creating multiple environmental clean-up initiatives.
We’re already one of the world’s most livable cities, our challenge now is to ensure we are one of the world’s most sustainable cities,” said Environment Portfolio Chair Councillor Arron Wood. “As part of our work we’re delivering new waste management solutions, upgrading several of our council buildings by installing efficient heating, cooling and water systems and making improvements to Melbourne Town Hall which will result in significant savings in lighting costs.”