Council gains Bronze Accreditation in NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program

Hawkesbury City Council has been advised that it has obtained Bronze Accreditation in the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program.

Council joined the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program in October 2018. The program supports organisations, in both the public and private sector to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices and nurture leaders committed to securing a sustainable NSW.

Sustainability Advantage has a successful track record of being a catalyst for, and facilitating excellence in corporate sustainability. Sustainability Advantage assists organisations to become sustainability leaders by:

  • supporting organisations to embed sustainability into everyday practices
  • helping organisations to be more efficient and save money by reducing resource and energy use, water use and waste
  • encouraging organisations to set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions
  • cultivating networks and collaborations to solve sustainability challenges and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

During the time that Council has been a member of the Sustainability Advantage Program, Council has successfully delivered a number of major sustainability projects, including:

  • Hawkesbury City Solar Project: Once fully completed, 2,776 solar panels producing 764Kw will be installed across 12 Council Facilities: saving 800 tonnes of CO2 emissions and $220,000 per annum.
  • LED Street Lighting Upgrade: More than 1,643 mercury vapour lights were replaced with LED street lights in the residential streets of various Hawkesbury towns. The project will save more than 3,260 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 20 years.
  • 10 Year Power Purchasing Agreement: Council has now entered into a new electricity supply agreement that will deliver additional cost savings to Council and improve the bottom line for the environment. It will provide 100% Renewable Energy to Council's Large Facilities and save Council $2.5 million over the next 10 years, money that Council will be able to direct towards other initiatives to benefit the community. It will also reduce the CO2 equivalent emissions of Council's operations by approximately 67,000 tonnes over the next decade.
  • Committing to Achieving Net-Zero Emissions as an organisation and as a Local Government Area by 2050 or sooner, and commenced preparation of a Net Zero Emissions and Water Efficiency Strategy.

The combination of these major projects, along with the full suite of sustainability and environment programs, and Council’s strategic directions, has resulted in Council achieving Bronze Accreditation.

The Sustainability Advantage program has also advised that Hawkesbury City Council is well on its way to meeting the requirements to obtain Silver Accreditation, as Council continues to implement further environmental programs and embed sustainability into the organisation.

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