'The local councils of Australia's two largest cities have moved closer to
phasing out the use of gas stoves after signing on to a global movement to push
kitchens towards electrification.
The City of Sydney and City of Melbourne have both agreed to build no council
facilities with fossil fuel connections by the end of the decade, and to phase
out all fossil fuel use in their buildings by 2040 after becoming supporters of
the Global Cooksafe Coalition (GCC) yesterday.
The two councils also committed to exploring planning controls that could see
the use of gas stoves in new buildings outlawed, similar to legislation already
in place in the ACT and Victoria.
"We are in a climate emergency and we need to do everything we can, urgently,
to lower our emissions," Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
"The City of Sydney is committed to net zero emissions in our area by 2035 and
reducing fossil fuel use is critical if we are to reach that target.
That's why we're investigating constructive ways we can continue our transition
away from gas use, including changes to the city's planning controls to ensure
kitchens in new commercial and residential developments can run on renewable
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