As a global community climate change adaptation means we need to change our behavior, our systems and even our lifestyles and choices to protect our families, economies, environment and earth from the impacts of climate change.
The faster we reduce emissions, the easier it will be to adapt to the changes we can no longer avoid.
In real terms, climate change adaptation requires us to develop:
- Resilience to extreme weather crisis
- Resilience to the water crisis and water security
- Management and mitigation of emissions
- Energy security
At the City of Melville we calculate our local government area data as per the GPC (Green House Gas Protocol for Cities) methodology and use data from state sources.
Our total annual community emissions have been calculated at 1,181kt CO2-e, using a baseline estimate for the year 2015 - 2016.
- Stationary energy is our largest source of emissions at 48% (564kt) of total emissions. Stationary energy mainly comprises electricity consumed by buildings and facilities.
- On-road transportation accounts for 30% of total emissions.
- Solid waste accounts for 7% of total emissions.
- Wastewater account for 15% of total emissions.
The City of Melville is working to reduce emissions through installation of renewable energy systems on a number of buildings, changing lights to LED as they become due for replacement, centre upgrades, IT rationalisation, and staff education.
The Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre also provides education to the community on alternative energy options and saving energy.