Oceania eNews 
December 2015   




Cathy Oke

A delegation of approximately 12 ICLEI member cities and councils from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have made the journey to Paris to attend the UNFCCC Climate Talks. What is the point? How can we justify the carbon emissions for this travel? 


It’s true to say that all of these councils have thought very carefully about the implications, costs and benefits of participating, particularly as many local and national observers are likely to be critical. 


The Paris COP, the twenty-first COP in fact, will be almost the last chance for world leaders to set a binding target to cap emissions contributing to global warming, to avoid catastrophic damage to the environment and humanity. While signing up to the Paris Agreement will be the responsibility of national governments, it is now, at last, acknowledged that much of the heavy lifting towards a low-carbon economy will have to be done by cities. 70% of emissions come from cities and soon 75% of the world population will live in cities. 


So the ICLEI delegation will be participating in the climate talks for several reasons: 

  • To support their national delegations and to push for ambitious mitigation and adaptation targets, and supportive funding systems 
  • To lay the groundwork for partnerships back home, after the COP, between national and local governments, to accelerate emissions reductions, low carbon strategies and climate resilience building 
  • To share success stories of resilient, adaptive transformative action and in particular to emphasise the plight of small island nations

Steve Gawler 
Regional Director

December News

How Victorian Councils Just Saved $22 Million on Street Lighting 


The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has passed down its preliminary determination on electricity prices, which has delivered more than $22 million in reduced electricity costs to Victorian councils.
ICLEI partner Ironbark Sustainability was engaged by the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) and the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) to develop a joint submission to the AER on behalf of the local government sector and the results are quite staggering. Ironbark have developed a tool where councils can determine the savings for their individual council area.

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Invitation to Endorse the Johannesburg Declaration on Ecomobility

Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector are constantly growing, and urban transport is responsible for roughly half of them. Bold and urgent action is needed on all levels of government to tackle this crucial issue.

The Johannesburg Declaration on Ecomobility in Cities, jointly developed by the City of 
Johannesburg - host of our second EcoMobility World Festival in October 2015 and ICLEI - is a key document that states local government commitments and their call on national governments and international actors for support.

Click here to formalise your endorsement.

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Victorian Climate Change Grants


The Victorian Government has announced funding of $1.3 million for local governments covering the areas of vulnerability, innovation, resilience, adaptation and mitigation.

This is part of the state government’s commitment to restoring Victoria’s status as a model for every other state in how we respond to climate change.

Grants of $20,000 to $80,000 are available and applications can be made from individual councils or groups of councils.

ICLEI Oceania is offering assistance to develop proposals and to support cluster applications. The outcomes from the international climate agreement of the Paris COP, and the Australian Government commitments, will be used to underpin applications.

Contact Oceania@iclei.org.au or Read more

Smart Storage Solutions to Leverage Solar Power

ICLEI Oceania is investigating the potential benefits of pairing new technology battery solutions with solar power generation. Step 1 will be to trial this system on council-owned buildings and to then develop guidelines for ICLEI members.
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Economic Framework for Urban Greening

Local councils will now be able to put a dollar value on their urban greening activities, thanks to an Australian-first economic framework launched on Thursday 12 November at Victoria University in Melbourne.
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Banks Get Serious About Warming


Some of the biggest US financial institutions are calling for coordinated international action on climate change.
In an open letter, the six largest US banking institutions have called for a “strong global climate agreement” and policies that “recognise the cost of carbon.”

For more information see the November 2015 AIRAH Journal at:

The Official Journal of AIRAH Ecolibrium – November 2015


COP21 In Paris Doesn't Define Climate Change Action

While the outcomes of COP21 will undoubtedly impact the world's ability to significantly lower global emissions, many are unaware that a lot of the groundwork on climate action has already begun at a local level across the country.
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Save the Date – Local Government Premier Event for Professionals in 2016

The 2016 LG Professionals Australia Congress & Business Expo will explore the concepts and key trends around the changing face of local government and reform, over two innovative and engaging days from 4-6 May, 2016, on the Gold Coast, QLD. 
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Compact of Mayors  

We are very pleased to announce that four Australian councils have been selected to be the ICLEI Oceania "fast track" cities for the newly established international Compact of Mayors.
Congratulations to Adelaide, Joondalup, Mornington Peninsula Shire and City of Port Phillip!
Launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, the Compact of Mayors is the world's largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impact of climate change.
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