In September 2019 Council adopted the target of becoming net zero by the end of 2025 as measured through the Federal Government’s Climate Active program (previously known as the National Carbon Offset Standard – NCOS).
To meet this target, we must measure our organisation's carbon emissions, reduce emissions as far as feasible, and then purchase carbon offsets that equal our remaining emissions so our net carbon emissions to the atmosphere are zero.
In this section, we’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress as we work towards achieving net zero from Council’s operational emissions.
Firstly, to give a bit of background – emissions are categorised into Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 – we’ve given a quick description of each below:
- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions such as; gas released from our landfill sites, emissions associated with bottled and mains gas usage, and from Council vehicles.
- Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from consumption of purchased electricity or heat.
- Scope 3 emissions are all other indirect emissions produced by third parties for the benefit of Council. For the action plan and reporting purposes, we’re currently focusing on supplied and metered water only.
Here's an outline of our current targets and progress:
Combined scope 1, 2 and 3
Target: 30% reduction in combined Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions by 2022
- 2019/2021 achieved a 25% reduction;
On track to reach stretch target of 30% reduction by 2022.
Scope 2 emissions
Target: 20% reduction in Scope 2 emissions by 2022.
- 2019/2020 achieved a 13% reduction;
Scope 1 emissions
Target: 5% reduction in Scope 1 emissions (excluding landfill).
- No change from baseline.
Council is actively transitioning away from gas in new builds and investigating the use of electric vehicles in fleet to reduce the remaining scope 1 emissions.