In September 2019 Council adopted the target of becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2025, as measured through the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) certification process. To meet this target, we must measure our organisation's carbon emissions, reduce emissions as far as feasible, and then purchase carbon offsets that equal our remaining emissions so our net carbon emissions to the atmosphere are zero. 
 
In this section, we’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress as we work towards achieving net zero together.

Firstly, to give a bit of background – emissions are categorised into Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 – we’ve given a quick description of each below:
 
  • Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions such as; gas released from our landfill sites, emissions associated with bottled and mains gas usage, and from Council vehicles.
     
  • Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from consumption of purchased electricity or heat.
     
  • Scope 3 emissions are all other indirect emissions produced by third parties for the benefit of Council. For the action plan and reporting purposes, we’re currently focusing on supplied and metered water only.

Here's an outline of our current targets and progress:

Target: 30% reduction in combined Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions.

Progress:

  • Achieved a 15% reduction to date;
  • Original target increased from 20% to 30% reduction by 2022.

Target: 20% reduction in Scope 2 emissions.

Progress:

  • Achieved a 5% reduction to date;
  • Maintain current target.

Target: 5% reduction in Scope 1 emissions (excluding landfill emissions).

Progress:

  • Achieved an 8.5% reduction to date;
  • Maintain current target.

Target: 300Kw of additional installed renewable energy.

Progress:

  • Solar PV installation completed in May 2020 at four large council sites, and a fifth to follow. With a total of ~289Kw, we're excited to see how this reduces our carbon emissions for FY20/21.