In September 2019 Council adopted the target of becoming a net zero organisation by the end of 2025. This will be certified by the Federal Government’s Climate Active program (previously known as the National Carbon Offset Standard – NCOS).

The pathway to net zero will replace the targets outlined in Council's Carbon Abatement Action Plan (CAAP) once operational emissions have been calculated for financial year 2021/2022.

In this section we’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress.

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 CAAP targets and progress:

Combined scope 1, 2 and 3

Target: 30% reduction in combined Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions by 2022

  • 2020/2021 achieved a 24% reduction;
    On track to reach stretch target of 30% reduction by 2021/2022.

Scope 2 emissions

Target: 20% reduction in Scope 2 emissions by 2022.

  • 2020/2021 achieved a 26% reduction;

Scope 1 emissions

Target: 5% reduction in Scope 1 emissions (excluding landfill).

  • 2020/2021 achieved a 6% reduction.
    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.