Telstra leads the way in emissions targets, councils bring forward their net zero targets, Turkey’s energy is now provided by 49% clean energy. All this and more in the latest good news in climate solutions.

Telstra sets most ambitious carbon emissions targets of any major Australian corporation

Telstra has committed to carbon neutrality from 2020, 100% renewable energy by 2025, and reducing absolute emissions 50% by 2030.

Events including Australia’s black summer of bushfires have raised urgent questions in the community about what climate change means and, more importantly, what must be done.

Telstra chief executive, Andy Penn

New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern launches construction of RISE Fiji demonstration site, Tamavua-i-Wai

The New Zealand Government has awarded NZ$3 million to the Revitalising Informal Settlements and the Environments program over three years, to help improve water and sanitation in informal settlements in Fiji. 

This contribution will not only enhance RISE as a research program operating at the intersections of health and the environment, it will also directly benefit people living in our neighbouring countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor Tony Capon, Director of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute

City of Sydney and City of Melbourne bring forward net zero targets

Our latest Net Zero Momentum Tracker report highlights the role local councils are playing in Australia’s transition to net zero.

While we’ve taken strong action to reduce emissions, including to power our buildings with 100 per cent renewable electricity, we must accelerate action and be even more ambitious.

Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp

Turkey has increased their renewable energy capacity by 11% each year, for an entire decade.

Clean energy now provides 49% of the country’s electricity. Thanks to this significant rise, Turkey now ranks sixth in Europe and 13th in the world in terms of renewable capacity. 

Each increase of renewables by 1 percent makes a $100 million contribution to the Turkish economy

Turkish Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Alparslan Bayraktar

Singapore to phase out combustion engine vehicles by 2040

Both petrol and diesel cars will be phased out in an effort to meet the country’s renewable energy targets. Singapore also plans to expand its electric vehicle charging network from 1,600 points to 28,000 by 2030.

Our vision is to phase out ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles and have all vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040.

Singapore finance minister, Heng Swee Keat

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