Augusta Margaret River
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Augusta Margaret River
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Council adopted a Local Energy Action Plan in 2010, with the intent of reducing emissions generated by the Shire (corporate sector) and the community as a whole. This plan was updated in 2014, and is currently under review at present. The LEAP seeks to achieve a 30% reduction in corporate emissions and 20% reduction (per capita) in community emissions below 2007 levels by 2020. A number of key actions have been implemented to achieve adopted targets, including installation of approximately 60kW in solar PV across key buildings, large scale roll out of LED lighting at the Shire’s Recreation Centre, replacement of major energy equipment throughout key buildings, undertaking regular energy audits, on-going purchase of carbon offsets, and a schedule for continued improvement.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
The Shire has achieved approximately 70% of its corporate, and 100% of its community carbon emissions target (per capita). Moving forward, the intent is to raise the bar for community emissions reduction to 50% below 2007 levels per capita by 2022. In order to achieve this the Shire intends to significantly increase the roll out of solar PV installations across new and existing Shire buildings. Importantly, the Shire seeks to improve the way we communicate information on sustainability to the community. Newly proposed actions seek to bring the community along the journey, with the objective of achieving adopted targets.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River seek to be a leader in carbon emissions reduction within the Local Government sector. The Cities Power Partnership allows us to benchmark our efforts against local governments of a similar scale and nature to ensure that our targets meet contemporary expectations. We realise that we have a lot to learn from other Local Governments and the Partnership allows us to easily connect with like minded people to share information.