The answer is a powerful YES and once again Australia and Sydney are showing the lead. I participated in “the Greenest Game Ever”- Sydney 2000 and contributed to assisting Australians to show the world their commitment to the Environment. 15 years later Sydney is showing a continued direction with success.

Sydney Renewable Energy Plan is based on renewable energy technologies that are currently available and commercially viable now or could become viable by 2030. A lot of such technologies are developed here in the United States but Environmental companies have to reach outside of the USA to be able to sell their knowhow and demonstrate their technologies.

In 2008 the City of Sydney launched Sustainable Sydney 2030 and committed the City to becoming a green, global and connected city.

In Sustainable Sydney 2030, the City of Sydney set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the entire local government by 70% below 2006 levels by 2030.

Since 80% of the City of Sydney’s emissions come from centralized power generation, primarily coal, Sustainable Sydney 2030 also set a target for the City of Sydney to have capacity to meet up to 100% of electricity demand by local generation by 2030. Of this local electricity demand, renewable electricity generation was expected to supply 30% and trigeneration 70% of the City’s by 2030.

Renewable energy is not new to Sydney. In 1796, Sydney became the first city in Australia to use renewable energy in the form of wind power to grind wheat for flour and windmills dotted the Sydney landscape, all the way from the Rocks to Parramatta up river. Windmills reigned in early colonial Sydney for more than 20 years until the introduction of coal-fired steam power.

Currently, the prevailing renewable energy technologies in Australia are onshore wind and solar. Both these resources provide important contributions towards renewable energy, but largely only operate intermittently due to variations in climatic conditions and time of day.

More technology are needed so energy sources such as marine, geothermal, solar thermal and renewable gas resources in the renewable energy mix, to avoid fossil fuel fired spinning reserve backing up intermittent renewable energy technologies.
Bravo Australia for showing the way!

PS: Learn more at City of Sydney website

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