Thursday, 10 November 2022


Council adopts Climate & Sustainability Policy and Zero Emissions Shellharbour Strategy

Shellharbour City Council this week unanimously adopted its Climate & Sustainability Policy and Zero Emissions Shellharbour Strategy. 

The documents apply to all Council’s strategic and operational activities and will be implemented across all Council functions. 

The objectives support intergenerational equity and embed sustainability principles into all business decision-making. Council’s Zero Emissions Shellharbour Strategy sets the objectives of the Zero Emissions Shellharbour program and a pathway forward to achieve its emissions reduction targets. 

The Zero Emission Strategy includes a series of interim goals that will allow Council to measure its progress against targets. 

Shellharbour Mayor Chris Homer said the Climate & Sustainability Policy and Zero Emissions Shellharbour Strategy were a significant step in the right direction to support intergenerational equity for the community.   

“I’m extremely proud that our Council has taken this strategic move to tackle the very real issue of climate change,” Mayor Homer said. 

“Since Council’s resolution in December 2020 to set a target of Net Zero for 2050, staff have done a lot of work determining the organisation’s operational emissions boundary and getting a better understanding of how Council is placed in regard to meeting this target. 

“Through the development of the draft Climate and Sustainability Policy and Zero Emission Shellharbour Strategy we identified that Council is placed to achieve its operational target ahead of 2050, aligning Council action on climate with the climate science. Council also recently completed a review of options for the procurement of renewable energy for its energy contracts.

This resulted in Council’s decision to have three separate targets,” he said. 

These targets are: 
1.    Net zero emissions for Council operations by 2035
2.    Council purchases 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 
3.    Net zero community emissions by 2050

Mayor Homer said that the focus of the broader community transition to a net zero city by 2050 would involve engaging with, empowering and supporting residents, visitors and local businesses. 

“Council has a limited amount of control and influence over many community emissions sources including residential and commercial buildings and on-road transportation,” he said. 

“Council has influence over what we do as an organisation, but will assume a facilitator role in supporting the community to reach its net zero target, bringing stakeholders together and advocating for change across all levels of government.

“We need a cross-sectoral approach involving residents, business and other levels of government. We want to bring the community on this journey with us so that together, we can prepare for a low carbon future,” Mayor Homer said. 

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Last updated : Thu 10 Nov 2022