Net Zero Emissions
Achieving Net Zero Emissions
Council is committed to becoming a net zero emissions organisation by 2050, if not sooner. During the development of the Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan (2017- 2036), our community told us of their desire to live sustainably and reduce their ecological footprint.
In response to this, Council has already implemented a number of sustainability measures for its own operations, including:
- Hawkesbury City Solar Project
- LED Street Lighting Upgrade
- 10 Year Power Purchasing Agreement:
Council is currently developing a Net Zero Emissions and Water Efficiency Strategy to further its commitment to reduce emissions and become more environmentally sustainable.
Why Net-Zero Emissions By 2050?
In December 2015, 195 countries, including Australia, agreed on the United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change. For the first time in history, both developed and developing countries have committed to reducing the amount of carbon dioxide they emit.
The Paris Agreement aims to limit temperature increases to no more than a 1.5 Degree Celsius and achieve net zero emissions by the second half of the 21st Century, with the expectation that developed countries will take the lead.
The NSW Government has a target of net zero emissions by 2050, and in March this year released a strategy “Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030” which outlines the NSW Government’s plan to grow the economy, create jobs and reduce emissions over the next decade.
Local Government, has a role to play, and Hawkesbury City Council is determined to meet the objective of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, by driving action and innovation across the community to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
What is Climate Change?
The greenhouse effect is a process that occurs when gases in Earth's atmosphere trap the Sun's heat. This process makes Earth much warmer than it would be without an atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is one of the things that makes Earth a comfortable place to live.
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