Seeking local feedback on achieving Net Zero Emissions and Water Efficiency

Hawkesbury City Council is developing a Net Zero Emissions and Water Efficiency Strategy and would like to hear about your ideas and what you are already doing at home to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to save water.

Providing your feedback is easy – just go to Council's Emission Reduction Survey at Your Hawkesbury Your Say at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/ert

Council is developing the Strategy to further its commitment to reduce emissions and become more environmentally sustainable, according to the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert.

“The Hawkesbury is part of a rapidly changing world, which brings new challenges but also new opportunities, including how to increase resilience in our homes, our businesses and our community,” the Mayor said.

“It can be simple individual changes like changing incandescent light globes to LED bulbs which offer up to an 86% energy saving, or planting a native tree.

“These simple individual changes, when made across our whole community, can lead to big results,” he said.

“Hawkesbury City Council is with the community 100% on this journey towards achieving net zero emissions. It will take a commitment from everyone – government, businesses, residents and visitors, but together we can achieve great things with a combination of big moves and small steps,” Mayor Calvert said.

Council’s Environmental Sustainability Committee and Council’s Waste Management Advisory Committee are both actively involved in the preparation of the Strategy, and have already advised Council in terms of numerous initiatives that have enabled Council to demonstrate its commitment to reducing emissions and to making big changes. These changes include:

  • 90% of Council’s electricity is now powered by renewable energy.
  • Under the Hawkesbury City Solar program, Council has installed 2,776 solar panels producing 764kW across 12 Council facilities and saving 800 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per year.
  • Council has changed street lighting to LED street lights saving more than 3,260 tonnes CO2e emissions over the next 20 years
  • LED lighting has been installed in Council facilities
  • Council has also been working on its recycled water management which during the recent drought allowed Council to offer the ‘Baling for our Backyard’ initiative. Bales of Lucerne were offered to local farmers at a discounted rate. The bales were grown using recycled water from Council’s McGraths Hill Waste Water Treatment Facility.
  • Electricity usage is our community’s highest emissions source. Currently 18% of households within the Hawkesbury have installed solar panels and are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Hawkesbury residents have the fourth lowest water usage in Greater Sydney consuming on average 166kL per dwelling per year. The average usage in Greater Sydney was 210kL per dwelling per year.

“As we continue to work towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions and saving water, we will make our community more resilient and more liveable for everyone,” the Mayor added.

“During the development of the Hawkesbury Community Strategic Plan 2017-2036, the community told us that they want to live sustainably and reduce their ecological footprint,” he said.

“We’re here to help you make all-important changes and sustainable choices about transport, waste, energy, water and green spaces.

“I encourage you to take the first step and complete the short survey to inform the Strategy and further action by Council, and also view Council’s list of individual actions that you can take to lower your greenhouse gas emissions,” Mayor Calvert said.

Further tips can be found on the new ABC three part series Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge. The series will inform and challenge our thoughts on climate change and follows five diverse households from around the country who discover the impact of their lifestyle choices on their greenhouse gas emissions. The series airs from Tuesday, 11 August at 8:30pm on ABC TV.

For more information, contact Council’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator on (02) 4560 4444 or email council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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