Melbourne is now a certified carbon neutral city

26 March 2013

MELBOURNE: The city of Melbourne in Australia has become a certified carbon-neutral city under the Government’s independent carbon offsetting authority, Low Carbon Australia.

Melbourne achieved its status through reducing and offsetting its emissions and launching programs as part of its Net Zero Emissions Strategy.

Low Carbon Australia administered the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) Carbon Neutral Program to Melbourne, a standard which requires cities to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero through acquiring and retiring carbon offsets to match emissions.

Measures taken by Melbourne to reduce emissions include new waste management solutions, encouraging bike and public transport use and improving the efficiency of buildings’ heating systems. Melbourne council has also urged consumers to cut water and energy use and to better manage waste and recycling.

Meg McDonald, CEO, Low Carbon Australia, said: “Global leading cities like the City of Melbourne are responsible for an extraordinary range of economic activities and services and are critical to our move to a low carbon future. Quantifying the carbon footprint of such an organization and reducing carbon emissions is a mammoth task, but one that can have substantial benefits for the environment, the city and for rate-payers. Councils taking this type of leadership position are important in showing the way in their communities for a prosperous low carbon future.”

Caroline Bayliss, Australia Director, The Climate Group, said: “The NCOS certification illustrates Melbourne’s move to a become a cleaner, better, more sustainable city. As its city managers already realize, carbon cutting measures improve the city as well as save the council money. But while the city is now carbon neutral, it must keep up the good work in order to hit its target of zero net emissions by 2020.

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