The global role of cities in stepping up to act on climate change was recognised in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Since that time, national and state governments, cities, investors, businesses and communities alike have begun to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help avoid a global average temperature rise of 1.5°C.
To align with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the City of Melbourne believes it now needs to reset ambitious emissions reduction targets for 2030, achieve net zero emissions before 2050 and align its strategy to the C40 Climate Action Plan Framework.
This Climate Mitigation Strategy sets out priority actions, partnerships, investments and advocacy to help the City of Melbourne achieve this.
Priority actions include:
With regard to separation of food scraps for composting, this research identified that there are two important aspects often overlooked when the focus is only on behaviour: 1. Policy makers need to ensure that there are socio-technical systems supporting diverse groups of people...Read more
Transportation planners are often looking for efficiency in transportation but this article in Science Advances has also identified that resilience is an important city design feature. Planning for when disruptions occur can help to avoid city gridlock.Read more
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The climate policy framework is the most important climate reform in Sweden's history. It will provide the long-term conditions for business and society to implement the transition needed to solve the challenge of climate change.
Transport is expected to create over 60% of the ACT’s emissions by 2020, with the majority created by the use of private cars. It is critical that the territory reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, as well as displacing car travel with more walking, cycling and public transport.
The contribution of buildings to climate change has become widely acknowledged. On 3 December 2015, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held the first ‘buildings day’ at COP 21 (the UN Climate Change Conference) devoted to the decarbonization of the building stock.
Regional scale collaboration on climate change adaptation is an important consideration for governments. This report is based on a project that explored the relationship between legal and policy frameworks and cross-border collaboration on climate change adaptation in the Australian Capital Region (ACR).