In Paris for the COP21 United National climate change conference, ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has signed a declaration that the ACT will work with states and regions from all over the world to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions.
The commitment means the ACT will assist in reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 gigatons annually by 2030, Mr Corbell announced today.
“By signing the Paris City Hall Declaration at today’s Climate Summit for Local Leaders at COP21, the ACT has committed to stand alongside a globally significant community of leaders to deliver real climate change reduction by filling the gaps left by shortcomings in national commitments,” Mr Corbell said.
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“This declaration is an agreement between some of the world’s most progressive sub-national governments on climate change to stand together in taking on this issue through shared commitments and goals.”
The Paris City Hall Declaration also commits signatory states and regions to advance and exceed the expected goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, support ambitious long-term climate goals and engage in sub-national partnerships to produce effective climate change solutions.
“As the national leader on climate change reduction and renewable energy, the Paris City Hall Declaration will give the ACT a global platform to share our experience in developing innovative emissions reduction policies, such as our legislated 90% greenhouse gas reduction target and award-winning reverse auction process for procurement of renewable energy,” said Mr Corbell (pictured in Canberra earlier this year).
“I am confident that states and regions will have a lot to learn from the ACT’s experience, and I look forward to engaging like-minded states and regions on ways to help reduce their carbon footprint.”