Sustainable Energy Action Plan
The City has shown a long-term commitment to sustainability and climate change action, with a history of measuring, tracking and reducing its corporate energy consumption, carbon emissions and costs.
The Sustainable Energy Action Plan continues this commitment and aims to set targets and a clear path forward to reduce corporate carbon emissions and increase renewable energy use. The plan also aims to responsibly contribute to global efforts to limit the impacts of climate change.
The key focus of the plan is to reduce the corporate consumption of grid powered electricity or replace it with renewable sources in order to decrease carbon emissions.
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Sustainable Energy Action Plan Snapshot
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What is sustainable energy?
Sustainable energy is also known as renewable energy - and basically means, energy that doesn’t run out and has less environmental impacts.
Renewable energy sources are constantly replenished with time and are better for the environment because they don’t produce as many carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels.
What is climate change and why is it a big deal?
Climate change is occurring because humans burn fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and have cleared large areas of land globally, which has increased the amount of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorocarbons) in our atmosphere.
This has caused temperatures to rise and triggered environmental changes including rising sea levels, melting ice caps and redefining where plants and animals can live.
This is a problem because the changes are happening so quickly eco-systems don’t have time to adapt. This includes urban environments which have, or will have, increased flooding and mosquito borne disease and more severe weather events such as storms, drought and wildfires.
How is climate change being addressed by the City?
The City has demonstrated a long commitment to sustainability and climate change action.
- 2003 The Local Greenhouse Action Plan was endorsed by Council and reported on until 2009
- 2010 The WALGA Climate Change Declaration was endorsed by Council and the City began publicly reporting on corporate energy consumption and carbon emissions via its Annual Report
- 2012 The Climate Change Adaptation Plan was endorsed to guide the City to adapt to risks from climatic changes occurring. The City also produced its first Corporate Energy Management Plan which led to successful grants for energy efficiency projects and a solar PV program across the City
- 2015 The Fleet Emissions Reduction Action Plan was endorsed, aiming to reduce its fleet emissions by 25% by 2020
- 2020 The Sustainable Energy Action Plan builds on the work done previously and focuses the City on reducing carbon emissions from electricity.
How is climate change being addressed globally and nationally?
Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Paris Agreement 2016, which sets a goal to hold the rise in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
The Australian Federal Government has also set a target to reduce carbon emissions by 26% to 28% by 2030 (on a 2005 base year). However, the latest Department of Environment and Energy report shows Australia’s emissions may only be reduced by 16% by 2030.
What is the plan aiming to achieve?
The Sustainable Energy Action Plan aims to set targets and a clear direction to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy use. The plan also aims to responsibly contribute to global efforts to limit the impacts of climate change.
What is the City's priority?
Our priority is to reduce the consumption of grid-powered electricity or replace it with renewable sources in order to decrease carbon emissions. This is because grid powered electricity is carbon intensive. For example, although it only accounts for a third of the City’s total energy consumption, it contributes to almost two thirds of carbon emissions.
What and why doesn’t this plan address?
Community energy and emissions
A community focused energy plan is being developed with consultation concluding in 2019. The plan aims to empower and support residents to reduce energy usage and increase renewable energy generation. It is expected to be submitted to Council for consideration in 2020.
The City also runs community energy workshops, provides free home sustainability audits and loans of Home Energy Assessment Toolkits. To learn more about the support available now visit the living green page or subscribe to the monthly living green newsletter here.
Climate change adaptation
The Climate Change Adaptation Plan was endorsed by Council in 2012 and aims to guide the City to adapt to risks from climatic changes occurring. This plan is due to be reviewed and updated in 2021.
Fleet emissions (corporate vehicles)
The Fleet Emissions Reduction Action Plan was endorsed by Council in 2015 and aims to reduce fleet emissions by 25% by 2020. As of 2018/19, the City has reduced fleet emissions by 16%.
Emissions in the supply chain
The City is beginning to measure and track carbon emissions in the supply chain. For example, we report emissions from contractors collecting residential waste bins.
However, at this stage, the City is not measuring or reporting on embodied emissions, which are emissions generated during the production and transportation of products and materials.
The City is firstly focused on addressing its own operational energy consumption with a view to address carbon emissions in its supply chain in more detail in the future.
What are the City's targets?
Renewable energy target
- The City aims to source 100 per cent of total electricity demand from renewable energy by 2030.
Carbon emissions reduction target
- The City aims to reduce corporate carbon emissions by 70% by 2030.
How will we achieve our targets?
We will acheive our targets by:
- Continue energy conservation and efficiency projects (I.e. LED lighting and upgrades to air conditioning)
- Continue solar PV installations and investigate other renewables and emerging technologies
- Procure a power purchase agreement to achieve 50 per cent Renewable energy KPI by 2025 and 100% renewable energy target by 2030.
When will the plan be endorsed by Council?
It is expected this plan will be submitted to Council for consideration by August 2020.
Sustainable Energy Action Plan developed
Sustainable Energy Action Plan comment period opens
22 May 2020
Sustainable Energy Action Plan comment period ends
19 June 2020
Report provided to Council on key consultation outcomes and recommended amendments
For more information, or to receive this information in an alternative format, contact Clayton Chipper, Parks and Sustainability on (08) 9205 8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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