The Shire of Mundaring has already taken some steps to reduce its energy use and emissions by installing solar panels and increasing energy efficiency. The Shire was a past participant in the Cities for Climate Protection Program, and the Perth Solar Cities initiative which helped some local residents access home energy audits and discounted solar systems.
In 2018 the Shire adopted a new Energy and Emissions Reduction Strategy. The Energy Team will be working to reduce Shire emissions with energy efficiency measures and purchasing decisions, LED lighting, solar panels, and behaviour changes. At the same time we will be encouraging local residents and businesses to make changes to reduce their own energy use and emissions.
Both reducing emissions and adapting to a certain level of unavoidable climate change are significant challenges for local governments. As our Strategy states, ‘it is important to note that local governments alone cannot and should not be expected to manage emissions reduction to the extent necessary to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.’ We really need national leadership and State Government support, which is why we value the advocacy efforts of the Cities Power Partnership.