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Sydney embraces renewables

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Many cities are taking steps to reduce fossil-fuel consumption. Austrialia’s Sydney has set a more ambitious goal: 100 percent reliance on renewables to meet electricity needs by 2030. To get there, the city would tap solar and wind sources for 30 percent of its electricity, with the remainder derived from technologies that convert biomass to energy, CleanTechnica reports.

The architect of the strategy, which also aims for the city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent, is Allan Jones, chief development officer of Energy and Climate Change for Sydney. For inspiration, he looks to Copenhagen, which set a goal of becoming “carbon neutral” by 2025, meaning the city would remove as much fossil-fuel emissions from the atmosphere as it creates. 


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