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Net Zero

We declared a climate emergency in December 2019.

Net Zero, Our map to net zero corporate emissions details targets and actions we will take to reach net zero emissions and mitigate climate change. Net Zero will be achieved by changing our practices to reduce our emissions, procuring 100% renewable electricity and where necessary purchasing carbon offsets.

Net Zero includes the following focus areas and targets:

  • Buildings, lighting and open space
    • Net zero carbon buildings for new buildings by 2025
    • Continuously improve energy efficiency and solar PV uptake for existing buildings based on 2017/18 levels
  • Transport
    • 45% of passenger fleet to be hybrid vehicles by 2023
    • 15% of passenger vehicles to be EVs by 2025
  • Renewable energy procurement
    • Achieve 100% renewable electricity for Council operations by end of 2023 financial year
  • Not waste
    • Increase recovery rate of food organics from kerbside collections to 60% by 2025 and 70% by 2030 from 18% in 2019
    • Increase purchase of recycled goods each year until Council is buying back recycled material equivalent to 50% by weight of the contents of kerbside recycling bins by 2025 and 100% by 2030
  • Carbon offsets
    • Achieve carbon neutral/net zero emissions by 2023/24

The overarching targets are:

  • 50% emissions reduction based on 2017/18 levels by 2025
  • Net zero corporate emissions by 2023/24

Although community waste is not part of the corporate greenhouse gas emissions inventory it is an action area included due to the significance of its emissions and our ability to influence services.

Various actions have been developed to achieve the above targets and can be found in Net Zero.

Achievements to date:

  • Buildings, lighting and open space
    • Development and implementation of Environmentally Sustainable Development standards on all Council facility new builds, upgrades and maintenance
    • Solar PV installation on 16 council facilities, adding to the numerous solar installations completed prior to Net Zero
  • Transport
    • 21 of the 27 of passenger fleet vehicles to be hybrid by 2023 have been purchased and are being used by Council employees
    • Four public electric vehicle fast chargers have been installed
  • Not waste

As a Council, we recognise that we have a role to play in reducing our own emissions, and supporting others in our community to reduce their emissions, influencing stakeholders and advocating to other levels of government.

‘Net Zero’ stands alongside our climate change adaptation program ‘AdaptWest’, as cornerstones of our climate change response.

This is our contribution to the global challenge of climate change.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Our greenhouse gas emissions include emissions from gas and electricity consumption from our buildings (where we pay the utility bills), reserves, water management (including recycled and bore water pumping), public streetlights and fuel use from our fleet vehicles, plant and equipment. The figure below provides our 2018/2019 financial year emissions.