Establishing net zero cities is critical to achieving Australia’s climate targets.

Net zero cities are defined by the mitigation of emissions from the economic, social and environmental systems that make up cities.

To achieve this, city sectors – transport, buildings, energy, green infrastructure, food, and waste – must operate on renewable and sustainable resources and energy.

But cities are complex systems with multiple governance structures and unique characteristics that vary from place to place.

Getting all Australian cities to net zero can be facilitated by Australian governments adopting a unified vision for a net zero future, supported by investment and sectoral policy reform.

The Climateworks Centre Net Zero Cities project is developing an evidence-based framework for cities that can help Australia achieve its climate targets by leveraging a multi-level governance, cross- sectoral and place-based approach.

The project engages three levels of government to investigate policy, finance and governance mechanisms that can decarbonise cities.

The project will benefit all levels of government, creating a more holistic approach to climate action.

And ultimately, this project benefits the 70 per cent of Australia’s population who live, work and play in metropolitan cities.

Listed in the document are recommendations for all levels of government, developed through extensive research involving literature analysis and stakeholder engagement.

The Net Zero Cities project conducted a comprehensive study of relevant academic literature and case studies to understand global best practices.

We drew insights about strategies for Australian cities from local, state and federal government stakeholders, university academics, peak urban bodies, architects, grassroots community groups, urban practitioners and policy experts.

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