Oceania eNews 
December 2013   

From the Desk of the CEO              


Dear Colleagues,

The year of 2013 has been a year of exploring new opportunities to meet challenges and identifying new opportunities to add value to your sustainability agenda. During 2014 we will continue to explore and implement new ways to work with our members.

The Thriving Neighbourhoods Framework will be trialed in selected neighbourhoods in the western suburbs of Melbourne as part of the Greening the West Strategy initiated by City West Water. We have commenced work on developing a Mobility Choices Program that will assist councils to undertake a strategic assessment and design of their future transport needs. We are seeking community and council support for a 30kph campaign focusing on our neighbourhoods. We have submitted a proposal to the Federal Government to implement a Local Action for Biodiversity-Australia Program, based on the very successful international program developed by the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Centre based in the ICLEI Africa Secretariat in Capetown South Africa. We have also partnered with Ironbark Sustainability to develop a proposal (Action on Carbon Emissions) to support councils’ access to the Federal Government’s Emission Reduction Fund.

We are currently reviewing the 2013 Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference and are considering options for expanding its reach and impact. There is a view that one day forums in selected cities across Australia and New Zealand should be explored in the new year.

Finally, on behalf of Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood, Chair, Regional Executive Committee, its members and ICLEI staff I thank you for your support and look forward to your continuing participation in our programs and events in 2014

Martin Brennan

CEO & Regional Director
ICLEI Oceania

December News

Smart Streetlighting for Indonesian Cities

A workshop was held in Jakarta on Friday 29 November to brief national stakeholders on the findings of a study led by GIZ into smart streetlighting options for Indonesian cities. The study was supported by ICLEI Oceania as part of our contract to provide technical advice to the Policy Advice on Climate Change (PAKLIM) program funded by the German Government.

The study outlines what would be needed for a national rollout of low-emissions lighting technology, including infrastructure, metering, management systems, policy support and financing. This will now be submitted as a proposal to the UNFCCC to attract international climate funding, which will be needed to supplement local funding sources.


Economics of Climate Change in East Asia Study

The study examines how strategies for adapting to embedded climate change over the next 40 years can be combined with measures to lower and reverse the growth in CO2 emissions in East Asia. The key objectives of this study were to:

(i) calculate the costs of climate change adaptation to 2050 using sector-based approaches;
(ii) explore the total mitigation potential in East Asia and examine the marginal abatement cost of specific technologies for 2020 and 2030;
(iii) calculate the economy-wide impacts of climate change in East Asia to 2100 and the costs of policies for both mitigation and adaptation using top-down integrated assessment modelling;
(iv) raise awareness on the urgency of the climate change challenge;
(v) make climate change policy recommendations, including those related to regional cooperation.

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Metropolitan Solutions: 7 - 11 April 2014, Hannover, Germany

Metropolitan Solutions 2014 is an annual, international trade show for presenting innovative solutions to urban infrastructure challenges in key areas of: Energy, Urban Water Systems, Green Buildings, Transportation, Smart Cities, Urban Resource Management, Urban Safety and Security.

Central to the trade show is the ICLEI Global Town Hall - the paramount platform for tackling urban infrastructure issues. ICLEI Global Town Hall brings together local governments, businesses, researchers and innovative developers for five days of face-to-face conversation and information exchange. Delegates are offered guided tours of the fair, talks with exhibitors, study visits to exemplary ICLEI member cities in the region and tailored exchange opportunities with potential partners.

Contact Martin Brennan if you are interested in joining the delegation to Hannover and visiting ICLEI member cities.

International BiodiverCities Conference

The City of Joondalup, in collaboration with the ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Western Australian Local Government Association, hosted the 2013 International BiodiverCities Conference.

This three day conference was held on the 9-11 September 2013 at the Joondalup Resort, Perth, Western Australia.

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Innovative Approach to Urban Resilience

A new innovative resource identifies priorities for collaborative action between the insurance industry and city leaders by laying out strategies and encouraging public/private partnerships to protect people and property.

"The Building Climate Resilience in Cities" resources were developed through a series of workshops in 2012 and 2013 in the U.S. and Canada and brought together more than 150 insurance industry executives, developers, city leaders and other stakeholders in Boston, San Diego and Toronto.

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Rio De Janeiro Mayor Paes Elected As New C40 Chair

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) has announced that Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has been elected to succeed New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as the new Chair of the C40 Steering Committee.

Mayor Bloomberg will stay on as President of the C40 Board. The Steering Committee is made up of Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, New York City, Seoul, and Tokyo.

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Sustainability Movement Will Fail Unless it Creates a Compelling Future Vision

The greatest risk to the sustainability movement is that it is struggling and so far failing to articulate a vision of a future that is both prosperous while remaining within planetary boundaries. Until it is able to showcase a plausible paradigm shift, then no one is going to feel safe letting go of the current system that is driving us towards the edge of an environmental and social abyss. This goes to the very heart of the explanation why large businesses are doing no more than incremental tinkering with their operations and also explains the growing evidence that corporate sustainability is hitting a plateau.

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Warsaw Lays Down Path for Engaging Local & Subnational Governments in Paris 2015

In Warsaw, parties decided to facilitate sharing experiences and best practices of cities and subnational authorities, in identifying and implementing opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change as an important part of activities to be accelerated for raising the global level of ambition.

To strengthen these efforts, a specific forum will be convened in June 2014 in Bonn, Germany, as a part of the UN Bonn Climate Conference.

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ALGA seeks Local Government Participation in the Emission Reduction Fund

ALGA has provided its submission to the Commonwealth Government to assist in the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Local government's primary concerns are based on ensuring that local governments will be able to be full participants in the ERF. The submission notes the opportunity provided to the Government through local government practices that can indirectly reduce emissions. The primary method for this is through promoting energy-efficiency practices. ALGA believes that support for these activities under the ERF would reduce emissions and would do so at a fast rate and at low long-term cost.

China Emissions Trading

Carbon emissions trading started in China at pilot sites in July 2013 for major emitters of greenhouse gases, and organizations in other industries should prepare for a national emissions trading system that could start as early as

As part of China’s efforts to meet their global commitment to reduce carbon intensity (per-unit gross domestic product carbon emissions) in 2020 by 40% to 45% compared to 2005 levels, the National Development and Reform Commission created seven regional pilot carbon emissions trading schemes in 2011. The regions are Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hubei, Guangdong and Shenzhen.

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WA Water Awards 2013 – Congratulations to all winners!

The annual WA Water Awards promote outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water sector. This year, New WAter Ways was instrumental in creating a new WSUD award in recognition of Mr Grahame Heal who passed away in July 2012. Grahame Heal was a true pioneer and WSUD champion who worked tirelessly to deliver better urban water management outcomes in the dynamic Peel region.

The Director General of the Department of Water announced the winner of the inaugural Grahame Heal Water Sensitive Urban Design Award to be Geographe Catchment Council and the City of Busselton for their protection of Geographe Bay through integrated stormwater management.

Worth a Read – the Business of Sharing

Collaborative consumption initiatives tap into idle capacity in the economy -
unused rooms, tools that are gathering dust, spare seats during the morning
commute and unused skills - and make this capacity available to consumers
at a lower price than the incumbents.

As well as being financially attractive to consumers, participation in the
sharing economy reduces environmental impact by making more efficient use
of existing resources. On top of that, participants can make new social
connections with the people they share with. It’s a win-win-win proposition for consumers - they can feel good about their environmental impact, build new social relationships and save money at the same time.

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Building to Withstand the Next Haiyan

Some of the most powerful storms in the region's history hit Asia this year, resulting in lost lives, destroyed homes, mass evacuations, and billions of dollars in damages. Many responses to natural tragedies focus solely on rebuilding and strengthening failed infrastructure.

Yet these responses do not take into account the important lessons we can draw from communities where better advanced planning has mitigated the effects of cyclones and typhoons. Investing in building resilient cities truly pays off.

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Participate Now!

ICLEI Canada has teamed up with the University of Waterloo's School of Enterprise, Environment, and Development to learn more about how local governments are implementing their community sustainability plans around the world.

The purpose of this project is to improve our understanding of how governance of implementing community sustainability plans can shape the resulting outcomes. We need your professional expertise in local sustainable development to help us learn about your community sustainability plan's implementation.

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What happened at the COP?

The annual UN climate change conference, COP19 in Warsaw, drew to a close last week. By saying that COP19 'exceeded expectations', Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, pointed more towards the modest expectations we had when starting it than towards groundbreaking decisions having been made.

In reading the draft decision document draft, there was a lot of 'urging' and much fewer true decisions (the agreed decision document often 'decides to urge and request parties', which is as vague as it gets). As Ms. Figueres added "It does not put us on track for a 2 degree world."

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ICLEI World Secretariat based in Bonn provides a range of programs for towns and cities to participate that add value to their sustainability and climate action policies and practices.

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The Oceania Secretariat provides advocacy, networking, information sharing and targeted projects that enhance the work of Members and informs the broader Local Government sector.

Host City, ICLEI Oceania Secretariat

The Thriving Neighbourhoods Blog

Have you heard of Thriving Neighbourhoods?

It is exploring your neighbourhood and the ways that you can enable it to become thriving.

Posts are updated weekly, so have your say and start reading the Thriving Neighbourhoods blog today!

ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee–RexCom

Chair - Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide, South Australia
Cathy Oke, Councillor, City of Melbourne, Victoria
Mayor Paul Pisasale, City of Ipswich, Queensland
Paddi Creevey, Former Mayor, City of Mandurah, Western Australia
Wayne Walker, Councillor, City of Auckland, New Zealand
Troy Pickard, Mayor, City of Joondalup, Western Australia - Global Executive Committee Member (Biodiversity Portfolio)
Member - Global Biodiversity Portfolio & Cr Cathy Oke, Global Water and Sanitation Portfolio

Host City, Water Campaign Australia
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