We are committed to action on climate change.
In December 2020, Shellharbour City Council committed to set Net Zero Emissions targets for Operational and Community emissions within Shellharbour City by 2050; and develop a Net Zero Strategy outlining interim targets and action plans for Operational and Community emissions to align with Council’s vision for Net Zero Emissions by 2050.
The first step of this is currently underway, and Council is developing a corporate emissions reduction plan.
To complement our efforts on climate change, we are also a member of the Cities Power Partnership.
The Cities Power Partnership is Australia’s largest local government climate network, made up of over 150 Councils. Founded by the Climate Council of Australia, the program recognises and supports emissions reduction projects by local councils who together are transitioning to a cleaner economy.
In March 2019 we pledged to:
T1 - Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of hybrid and/or electric vehicles
T2 - Provide fast-charging user pays infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles
EE1 - Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications
EE2 - Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all Council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures
RE3 - Install solar power on council buildings
A key achievement has been the installation of more energy-efficient LED streetlights across Shellharbour City, which is expected to save about $165,000 annually in energy costs and reduce Council's annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 800 tCO2 per annum.
In October 2021, we hosted Dr Karl Kruszelnicki to speak at one of our Nature Talk in the Library events about climate change, and how we can all make a difference. You can view a recording of this here from late October.