Reducing carbon emissions
Local Governments have a key role to play in responding to the threat of climate change by reducing their own emissions and demonstrating best practice to their local communities. Local Governments are responsible for delivering a large range of services to the community, which in turn use energy and produce carbon emissions. The City of Busselton took the concept “Think global, act local” on board when it joined the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) program in June 2008 with the intent of developing a coordinated approach to reducing its carbon footprint and its impact on climate change.
The City prepared an energy inventory in June 2009, which revealed that City’s assets and services produced 5,871 tonnes of emissions in 2006/07. The inventory also forecasted that emissions would increase by 65% by 2020 in a business-as-usual scenario. This created a strong impetus for the City to endorse greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and start developing an action plan to work towards reversing this trend.
In December 2009, the Council endorsed the following emissions reduction goals:
A 50% per capita reduction by 2015 and a 70% per capita reduction by 2020 in corporate emissions on 2006/07 levels.
A 25% per capita reduction by 2015 and a 40% per capita reduction by 2020 in community emissions on 2006/07 levels.
In 2010, the City prepared an Energy Action Plan, which was reviewed and updated in 2014. This document provides a planned approach to reducing the City’s carbon emissions, as well as giving some direction in assisting the local community in reducing their carbon footprint. Its implementation will have multiple benefits for the City, including reducing the City’s contribution to climate change, demonstrating the City’s leadership on this issue and achieving important financial savings.
A copy of the City of Busselton Energy Action Plan 2014-19, endorsed by Council on 13 August 2014 is available below.