After signing off on an Emissions Reduction Policy in May 2016, Council engaged the not for profit think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions Inc. to undertake an audit and calculate Council’s baseline greenhouse gas emissions.
The boundary for the audit included waste, transport (fleet), buildings & facilities and public lighting (both Energex and Council owned).
They estimated Council’s emissions to be 10,713 tonnes COe2 based on data for relevant activities for 2015-16 financial year. This estimate includes fuels (transport and non-transport related), consumed energy (electricity & gas) and fugitive emissions from the waste landfill.
Council has now taken the next step and adopted a Zero Emissions Strategy. The strategy sets an ambitious target of zero net emissions for the organisation by 2026.
The Strategy also identifies eight key actions and a framework for decision making in determining priority for expenditure on projects to reduce our carbon emissions footprint.
Work is now underway to develop a detailed Action Plan that will establish priorities for action. All items requiring expenditure outside of normal operating budgets will be subject to a full cost benefit assessment and be considered as part of the budget development process each year.