City of Joondalup internationally recognised for addressing climate change

THE City of Joondalup has joined the likes of Barcelona, Copenhagan, Los Angeles, London and Mexico when it comes to addressing climate change.

The city has achieved full compliance in the Compact of Mayors program, which is the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change.

The City of Joondalup “fast-tracked” its way to compliance in a matter of months and is now able to display a seal of compliance.

Joondalup joined the program last November to coincide with the United Nations climate change summit in Paris.

During the event, the city’s climate change strategy 2014-2019 was showcased on the international stage.

Joondalup was one of the first local governments in Australia to adopt a climate change strategy that combined adaptation and mitigation targets and initiatives.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said while it was an honour for the city to again be recognised on the world stage for its commitment to addressing climate change, there was still plenty of work to be done.

“By 2070, it is anticipated the City of Joondalup will have hotter, drier and windier summers with the number of days over 35C nearly doubling,” he said

“Winters will be drier, warmer and less windy as a result of fewer low-pressure systems.

“Expected climate change impacts could include coastal erosion, reduced water availability, increased flood and bushfire risk, threats to habitats of flora and fauna, damage to infrastructure and health impacts, particularly for the more vulnerable members of our community.

“Planning for the future impacts of climate change is an important emerging issue for local government and our city will seek to improve its understanding of future climate change scenarios and associated impacts, as well as identifying likely risks of climate change … so that strategies can be put in place to minimise those risks.”