Stiebel Eltron Applauds City of Sydney's All-Electric Motion, Urges State-wide Adoption
In a momentous move towards a greener and more sustainable future, the City of Sydney has taken a significant step by passing a motion that aims to make new homes and businesses within its municipality all-electric and gas-free. The motion, supported by an impressive 8 out of 10 councillors, sets the stage for a transition away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner energy sources.
The landmark decision places Sydney alongside the ranks of environmentally conscious regions, such as Waverley and Parramatta Councils, as well as the governments of Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, all of whom have recently implemented legislation prohibiting the use of gas in new developments. The City of Sydney's commitment to a gas-free future sends a powerful message that the imperative to combat climate change is a shared responsibility.
Glenn Day, Head of Public Affairs & Engagement for STIEBEL ELTRON, has commended the City of Sydney for its forward-thinking approach. "We applaud the City of Sydney for taking bold climate leadership and recognising the need to transition away from fossil fuels," Day remarked. "This move aligns seamlessly with our mission to create a sustainable future for future generations."
However, as the momentum builds for cleaner energy practices, Day also urges the Premier of New South Wales to consider the broader implications of this transition. He stated, "While we celebrate the City of Sydney's commitment to sustainability, we must also encourage state leaders to embrace this approach on a state level. A consistent, state-wide ban on gas usage in new developments will not only bolster our fight against climate change but also provide certainty for investment in manufacturing products to help achieve net-zero electrification."
The impact of this move is amplified by Lucy Manne, CEO at 350 Australia, who emphasised the necessity of ending the reliance on fossil fuels. "Gas is a potent, fossil fuel that is accelerating the intersecting human and ecological crises caused by a heating planet," said Manne. "We need to end the age of fossil fuels now and we can start by eliminating toxic methane gas from our homes, shops, and businesses. Only gas corporations benefit from keeping our homes and businesses connected to gas."
Stiebel Eltron has been at the forefront of advocating for clean energy solutions and supporting communities in their transition away from traditional energy sources. With Victoria having already announced a state-wide ban on gas usage in new developments, the pressure is mounting on New South Wales to follow suit and prioritise sustainable energy practices that benefit both the environment and the state's residents.