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 focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation were the first steps. We have also adopted net zero emissions reduction targets and 100 per cent renewable energy targets. We are now aiming to develop a roadmap of actions we can initiate over the short, medium and long term to respond to the risks of climate change that are considered to have the greatest impact on our operations and the safety and wellbeing of the community.
Council has chosen the following pledges
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
– Prepared a Climate Change Policy & Strategy focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation
– Adopted net zero emissions & 100% renewable energy targets by 2040
– Participation in the NSW Sustainability Advantage & Sustainable Choice Programs
– Subscription to Azility to monitor Council’s energy and water consumption & carbon emissions
– Undertaken energy audits & prepared energy management plans for major facilities
– Installed over 400kW of solar panels on public buildings including the administration centre, aquatic centres, works depot, waste transfer stations, entertainment centre, art gallery, airport and water supply and wastewater treatment facilities
– Implemented 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 coastal wetland acquisition & restoration, and broad scale revegetation projects on Council land
– Completed the first stage of 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
– Implemented Waste Recycling, Reduction & Reuse Programs and adopted a 75% waste to landfill diversion target
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
– Focus on increasing solar PV and batteries, energy efficiency and the purchase of renewables in the short to medium term; progressively increase its renewable energy supply as batteries and electric vehicles become more affordable; continually improve sustainable procurement policies and practices; reduce waste to landfill; and continue to invest in wetland restoration and tree plantings that sequester carbon and improve the region’s biodiversity.
– Provide a roadmap of actions that Council can initiate and progress in the short, medium and long term that respond to the risks of climate change that are considered to have the greatest potential impact on Council’s operations and the safety and wellbeing of the community.
– Develop a Sustainability Framework for Council’s operations, with particular consideration of how the Climate Change Strategy can improve Council’s environmental performance by aligning with key strategies and plans across all sustainability-focused areas, including Council’s Resourcing Strategy and its Delivery Program and Operational Plans.
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.