The City of Subiaco is the first local government in the state to develop a comprehensive corporate carbon reduction plan, with the goal of becoming certified carbon neutral by June 2020 and switching to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.
The plan was endorsed by Council last night and is expected to reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 772 tonnes a year by 2030.
The City has already begun its transition to low carbon operations through the installation of solar panels and energy efficient systems, electric and hybrid fleet vehicles, and increased efficiencies in water use and waste.
In addition to becoming certified carbon neutral and switching to renewable energy, the plan outlines other targets including that fleet vehicles meet the Climate Change Authority’s standard by 2025, 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption by 2025, and an overall reduction in operational greenhouse gas emissions of 45 per cent by 2030.
“The adoption of this plan is a significant step for the City and clearly demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and delivering action on climate change, which is important to our community,” Mayor Penny Taylor said.
“We want to be a leading Council that seeks to actively minimise all carbon emissions – as we have been doing – and look to appropriate offsets that make a real difference and show leadership at a community level.”
The plan is expected to deliver financial savings through more efficient use of energy across City operations.
“As well as giving ratepayers better value for money, this plan will help ensure the City is protected against price increases on utilities and fuel, and prepared for a potential carbon price in the future,” Mayor Taylor said.
Costs to the City may also be reduced through receiving grants from state and federal government or other organisations to implement these projects.
The full plan will be available on the City’s website shortly, or can be viewed in the attachments for Council Briefing Forum 10 March 2020.