Council’s Carbon Abatement Action Plan (CAAP) was adopted in 2016 to identify and implement projects that demonstrate reduced carbon emissions as well as reduced operational costs. Since putting the plan in place, Council has seen a 25% reduction in operational carbon emissions. 

We are currently finalising our emissions data for financial year 2020/21 which will be the last year for emissions targets outlined in the CAAP. These have been replaced with Council's resolution to reach net zero emissions from operations by the end of 2025 - joining a growing number of local governments across Australia to show much needed action on climate change.

CAAP Projects 2020 - 2021

Council completed the following carbon emissions projects as part of the CAAP:

  • Upgrade of 36% of Blue Mountains streetlights to LEDs;
  • Installation of 289kWs of solar panels on five large Council sites;
  • Adoption of an Environmentally Sustainable Design Policy for Council Buildings to establish sustainability standards for new Council buildings and large upgrades; and
  • Integrated a set of Equipment Replacement Specifications into the Public Domain Technical Manual to advise on best practice replacement equipment (such as more resource-efficient alternatives) for trades and contractors.

Working towards net zero 2021-2022

Council is currently working on the target of net zero emissions from operations by the end of 2025.

At the moment this involves re-looking at all the data sources used to calculate the yearly operational emissions. This is to ensure the reporting is in line with Climate Active requirements ready for when Council starts the process for carbon neutral certification.

We are also continuing to look for opportunities to reduce operational emissions as far as feasible. There are emissions that can't yet be reduced such as sites that still use gas or the emissions from landfill. It will be a process of continual improvement.

2021-22 carbon reduction projects

  • Continuing to upgrade lighting at our facilities to more energy-efficient LEDs;
  • Installation of solar PV at South Street Depot, Katoomba and Blackheath Caravan Parks and continued solar feasibility studies (some sites might not be suitable due to shading, roof structure or heritage constraints);
  • Working with Endeavour Energy to progress an upgrade of all remaining Council streetlights to LEDs. This gives an instant 79% energy saving for each light; and
  • Continuing to investigate the possibliity of switching to electric vehicles for fleet. BMCC also worked with seven other Western Sydney council's on the Western Sydney Electric Vehicle Roadmap 2022-2030 which was released in December 2021.

Excitingly, BMCC has recently secured a contract for 100% renewable electricity from the end of 2025. This will switch Council from mainly coal-powered electricity to clean green energy sourced through Iberdrola solar farms in NSW. A big step in reaching our target of net zero emissions.

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