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Climate Change Action

Net zero by 2030 - Our organisation 

Think global, act local

The City of Melville has declared a climate emergency, and we're showing our commitment to a clean environment by setting a target to reduce our organisational carbon emissions to net zero by December 2030.

  • Our organisational target - 100% net zero organisational emissions by 2030

At the City of Melville we recognise the global reach, broad scope and dramatic impact of climate change, and we've identified this megatrend as being one of great significance for our community and City.

We're thinking global and acting local, and we're focused on real action to ensure tangible genuine outcomes. We are commited to taking a leading role as a Western Australian local government, and this means that as well as our climate emergency declaration we've set an ambitious target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

“In setting a carbon neutral target by 2030, we want to effect real action quickly, and we want to take a transformative approach towards our response to the climate emergency. In the near future, our policies will also showcase a sustainable pathway for community oriented climate action to help achieve the target we have set for ourselves, and our vision to deliver an inclusive, vibrant and sustainable future for our community and City,” - Hon Mayor George Gear JP.

For a quick snapshot of our journey so far, and to 2030 and beyond see our Melville Climate Emergency Road Map.

Melville Climate Emergency - Our Road Map to 2030 and beyond


Our current position on climate change is guided by two key policies, our Sustainability and Environmental policies.

Sustainability Policy

Environmental Policy

What does climate change adaptation mean?

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
Measuring our regional City of Melville emissions

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.
Reducing the City's 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.

Net zero by 2050 - Our city and community

Think global, act local

In addition to our organisational target to achieve net zero emissions by 2030, we've extended our commitment to achieve net zero by December 2050 across our local government area. We'll achieve this by working with our community and other partners to ensure we take real action with tangible outcomes.

  • Our regional local government boundary target - 100% net zero organisational emissions by 2050

We calculate our emissions across our total local government area using the Green House Gas Protocol for Cities (GPC) methodology and we use data to calculate our GPC from State Government 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. (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.

 

Community action

Think global, act local

As a community member, there are many things you can do to reduce your personal greenhouse gas emissions at a local level and contribute to our regional cause to achieve a target of net zero emissions by 2050 right acrosss the City of Melville local government area.


Reduce energy 

  • Reduce the amount of energy you use in your home.
  • Take your energy-saving behaviours to the workplace and speak to your colleagues about ways they can help.
  • Install renewable energy and battery systems at your home / business. This decreases the amount of polluting, non-renewable energy you use and also reduces your electricity bills

Reduce water

  • Try reducing water Use. Water treatment and pumping to your house is highly energy intensive so conserving water is not just saving water but energy and emissions as well.

Reduce waste

  • Try not to be wasteful - use, reuse, repurpose, upcycle goods wherever possible so that new products don't need to be produced or disposed.
  • If you live in the City of Melville follow FOGO

Reduce travel

  • Cut back on everyday use of vehicles - if you really need to make that journey choose public transport, ride a bike or walk if you can.
  • Reduce your overall travel by using teleconferencing or videoconferencing wherever possible.
  • Limit your air travel as this is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. If you really do need to fly somewhere, most airlines now allow you to pay to offset your emissions.

Purchasing

  • Think about where your purchases come from - did they travel a long way to get to you? If so, the transport process would have resulted in significant greenhouse gas emission. It's more sustainable to buy locally produced goods as they don't have to travel so far to get to you. This also keeps local producers in business which is a great bonus!
  • Try not to be wasteful - use, reuse, repurpose, upcycle goods wherever possible so that new products don't need to be produced.
  • Purchase 'green electricity' that comes from a renewable source e.g. wind, solar, tidal etc.

Remember, small actions help lead to a big solution!

Adapting to climate change

There are many ways we will have to adapt our thinking and our lifestyle to the changing climate. 

Storms

More frequent and more intense storm events are projected as a result of climate change.

  • Ensure you have a storm kit available including torches, emergency phone numbers, first aid kit, water etc so that you're fully prepared for storm events.
  • Make a plan to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours and friends to ensure that they're safe and protected during storms.
Heatwaves

Longer, more intense and more frequent heatwaves are already happening and will continue to worsen as a result of climate change.

Heatwaves are a known cause of increased emergency department presentations and hospital admissions in Perth so it's vital that you look after the health of your family and friends during heatwaves.

  • Think of ways you can adapt your house to the heat e.g. through insulation, blinds, shading etc. Try and limit your exposure to heatwaves by staying inside and ensure that you drink plenty of fluids.
  • Make a plan to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbour to ensure that they're safe during heatwaves.
Rainfall
  • Overall annual rainfall is projected to decrease so it's important that we use water efficiently. This could be through purchasing more water-efficient products, being more careful about the ways we use water or by planting native, waterwise plants to reduce the water needs of your verge/garden.
  • Increased heavy rainfall events are also projected so it's important that you're flood-ready. If you live in a flood-prone area, ensure that you're well equipped to prevent damage to your home and belongings.   

Working together 

At the City of Melville we understand that alone we can only effect small change at an organisational level, but by working together with our community, our local businesses and other key partners we can take real action and achieve real tangible outcomes. 

Partnerships

Murdoch University

We are currently working with Murdoch University to develop an automated system on GPC calculation which will help in easing our monitoring requirements for this information and strengthen our commitment with Compact of Mayors and Cities Power.

Switch Your Thinking 

The City’s partnership with Switch Your Thinking, is a local government initiative that inspires sustainable action in the community, with a strong focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the community.

Melville businesses and community members can benefit from getting involved with Switch Your Thinking initiatives including:

  • Rewards for Residents and Rewards for Businesses discounts on sustainability products like solar panels, rain water tanks, LED lighting and compost bins.
  • Access to a range of sustainability news and events promoted through our e-newsletters, Facebook page and website.
  • Free sustainability workshops held in Melville.
  • Opportunities to apply for sustainability awards such as the Switched On Business Award.

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