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Council tackles climate change

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Eurobodalla’s community and business groups are being asked for help in identifying further action to reduce greenhouse emissions and tackling climate change.

The yearly progress report on the shire’s Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) was accepted by Councillors on Tuesday 24 September, who also authorised a workshop to identify and consider potential actions for Council, businesses and the community to further progress the plan.

Eurobodalla Council’s environmental services manager Deb Lenson said the ERP was mid-way through its four-year implementation cycle, with 21 new actions and 48 ongoing actions across Council’s operations.

“There’s been a high level of interest in climate action lately,” Ms Lenson said.

“The ERP sets out Council’s goals to reduce emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030, with 100 percent of electricity sourced from renewables by 2030. We’re on track with some targets already met, including a 36% reduction in emissions.

“Now we’re looking for additional input to help us fully realise the plan’s objectives and identify potential new actions for emissions reductions by Council, business and the broader community.”

Ms Lenson said key stakeholders who had helped with the development of the plan would be invited to the 21 November workshop.

“We will also be accepting expressions of interest from individuals and groups with expertise in developing practical steps to further reduce emissions and address climate change,” she said.

At the same meeting, Councillors also agreed to advocate for increased certainty and leadership on energy and emissions policies by the NSW and Australian Governments. For example, Council’s submission to the NSW Government’s inquiry on sustainability and energy supply and resources in NSW, which supported the intent of the inquiry with a focus on support for regional communities.

To enquire about participating in the Emissions Reduction Plan workshop, contact Council at enviro.services@esc.nsw.gov.au outlining your expertise, the group you represent and your contact details.

Read Council’s submission to NSW Government inquiry on sustainability and energy supply and resources in NSW here.