20 February 2020

Mayoral Column

Hawkesbury City Council is participating in a new strategy to slash emissions and boost energy

savings for a more sustainable, affordable energy future – the Western Sydney Energy Program. I’m glad to tell you that not only will this have a large and positive impact for our Hawkesbury community but also for Greater Western Sydney. We are working with eight other Councils, coordinated by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, to collectively reduce Western Sydney’s emissions by 200,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent reductions each year. This equates to taking 46,000 cars off the road annually.

Hawkesbury City Council is already achieving excellent results in projects geared towards a low-emissions future, embracing projects and technologies such as increased solar installations and LED street lighting.

The Western Sydney Energy Program will focus on four key areas: renewable energy, transport

infrastructure, supporting communities, and implementing best practice in energy planning and

design for buildings and precincts.

Ensuring that the Hawkesbury and Western Sydney is prepared to transition to an energy efficient and low carbon future is critical for our community wellbeing.

In addition to Hawkesbury City Council, the other councils participating in the program are Blacktown City, Blue Mountains City, Cumberland City, Fairfield City, The Hills Shire, Lithgow City, Liverpool City and the City of Parramatta. I will keep you updated as we progress on this program.

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