Australia’s capital city Canberra has a new target of 100% renewable energy by 2025.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr from the city’s ACT Labor Party made the announcement at a confernence last week.
Its current target is generating 90% of electricity from renewables by 2020.
Canberra will be the first capital and the largest city in Australia to be powered solely by green energy in the next 10 years if it succeeds.
Mr Barr said: “We can do this. We have shown it’s possible, now we have one small step left, 100% renewable energy will drive further jobs growth in our research and corporate sectors.
“We’ve already seen a 400% increase in renewable energy jobs in the past five years and there will be more to come.”
He added Canberra “can and should be a beacon for everyone who realises the world must act decisively now to stave off a future of catastrophic climate change”.
He went on to say the policy is a “stark contrast” to the Liberal Party’s and Prime Minister Tony Abbott “who insists coal is good for humanity”.
Mr Barr added: “A further step I will announce today is the government will continue to divest the ACT investment portfolio of high-carbon emitting companies and sectors – all without costing the Canberra community one cent in lower returns.”
He went on to say for a city “striving to become the knowledge capital”, the policy “is the right thing to do”.
“ACT Labor has a vision for Canberra which centres around job creation, world-class education, social inclusion and delivering the quality of health Canberrans deserve”, Mr Barr concluded.