In 2019-20, we reduced carbon emissions from Council operations by 10%, when compared with 2018-19. This decrease was primary due to upgrading 1,315 street lights to energy-efficient LEDs and installing 19 new solar photovoltaic systems. We also decreased our water usage by 24%.
Since our baseline year of 2014-15, we’ve reduced our emissions by 27%.
Other sustainability initiatives we delivered in 2019-20 include a smart streetlighting trial, which was an Australian first, the delivery of a successful weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin trial and the launch of a Nature Next Door citizen science program.
We are currently seeking community feedback on a new four-year strategy and action plan (2021-2025) to meet our ambitious new net zero emissions targets. These targets are zero net corporate (Council) carbon emissions by 2025 and zero net community carbon emissions by 2030. Learn more about the project here.