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. Waste transport fuels were not included at this point due to sensitivity of then information with the waste contract being out to tender.
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. It also identifies 8 key actions and a framework for decision making in determining priority for expenditure on projects to reduce our carbon emissions footprint.
The project is being coordinated by Anne Nolan, Carbon Reduction Officer.