Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap
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Council has chosen the following pledges
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.
Council is already working with community to develop this capacity. Council has held community consultation sessions in the past including the recent Carbon Free Community Conversations. Presently, the Council supported Z-Net program aims to further engage and empower the community. The development of a Z-Net Community Advisory Panel is currently occurring, which will evolve into a more formal “Round Table” as the project proceeds.
Use council resources to support the uptake of renewable energy.
Council has traditionally had a part-time Sustainability Officer, this role has recently been increased to full time. The Sustainability Officer’s role is to facilitate emission reduction actions both within Council operations and within the broader community
Identify opportunities to turn organic waste into electricity
Council is already working to develop a Waste to Energy program. Significant feasibility and technical work has been completed to date, with the goal of implementing a Waste to Energy plant using anaerobic digestion of municipal waste.
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Council has already commenced installing solar PV on a number of buildings. Council will be working to further increase installed solar PV capacity in the 2018/2019 financial year and beyond.
Support local community renewable energy projects, and encourage investment in community energy.
Council has an ongoing community grants program which is focussed solely on emission reduction incentives on community operated facilities. Council’s Sustainability Officer works with community groups to identify and implement worthwhile projects