Is a Power Partner
In October 2019, MidCoast Council resolved to declare that we are in a state of climate emergency and that urgent action is required by all levels of government, including local councils, to reduce our carbon emissions and to help our communities adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. For the MidCoast region this is very likely to mean an increase in sea level and the inundation of low lying areas, accelerated rates of coastal erosion, a reduction in average annual rainfall, an increase in temperature, and more frequent and severe weather events. All the latest science is telling us we have a very short window to act before the irreversible and catastrophic impacts from global warming start to take effect. While we have been undertaking mitigation and adaptation actions for some time now, MidCoast Council is keen to reinforce its position on climate change in recognition of the crucial role local government plays in this space. Developing a new climate change policy and an action plan is the first step, and Council will engage with the local community to ensure the risks and impacts of climate change are understood and managed collaboratively.
Partnership action pledges
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Power Partners have six months to choose their pledges. Check back soon to see in which exciting ways MidCoast council is choosing to reduce their emissions.
- What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
– Participation in the Cities for Climate Protection, Sustainability Advantage & Sustainable Procurement Programs
– Preparation of Local Greenhouse Action Plans and setting emission reduction targets
– Preparation of Climate Change Risk Assessments & Adaptation Plans for Council’s operations & services
– Subscription to Planet Footprint to monitor Council’s energy and water consumption & carbon emissions
– Undertaken energy audits & prepared energy management plans for major facilities
– Installation of an Energy Management System at Council’s Administration Centre
– Installation of over 200kW of solar panels on public buildings including the administration centres, aquatic centres, works depot, waste transfer stations, entertainment centre, art gallery & the airport
– Implementation of various energy efficiency measures such as LED & T5 lighting retrofits, replacing electric hot water systems with heat pumps, HVAC upgrades, motion sensor lighting & timers, power factor correction
– Installed a pre-heat solar boosted hot water system, energy efficient lighting, glass partitioning, air curtains & pool blankets at the Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre
– Undertaken carbon sequestration activities including wetland acquisition & restoration, and major revegetation projects at various Council sites
– Commenced a LED street lighting retrofit program with around 6,000 street lights retrofitted to date
– Undertook a Carbon Emissions Baseline Profile for the MidCoast community in 2018
– Waste Recycling, Reduction & Reuse Programs
- What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
– Prepare a Climate Change Policy & Strategy
– Prepare a Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation Plan – integrate actions in coastal management programs, floodplain risk management plans, land use planning and development assessment, etc
– Prepare a Climate Change Mitigation Plan – invest in renewable energy & energy efficiency, set emission reduction & renewable energy targets
– Implement the above plans by engaging with our community and developing partnerships with other government agencies, industry bodies, and community groups
– Support the community with their plan to establish a Community Solar Farm
- What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
By becoming a member of the Cities Power Partnership, MidCoast Council is hoping to access to a significant source of knowledge and resources on climate change, and gain the support and learnings from other councils and government agencies who have been successful in developing innovative solutions to tackle climate change.