Our Climate Emergency Declaration

We have declared a climate emergency and are committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions as an organisation by 2030 and across our City by 2050 to combat climate change. Find out more below.

Climate Emergency Declaration

We recognise the global reach, broad scope and dramatic impact of climate change, and we have identified this global issue as a top priority for our organisation. We’re showing our commitment to taking urgent climate action and we have set the following targets:

  • Net zero carbon emissions from our organisation by December 2030
  • Net zero emissions city-wide by December 2050

See our Climate Action Policy for more information on how we will reach our net zero targets and see what you can do to help us reach net zero by 2050.

Carbon Budget

With a focus on reducing our carbon emissions across all areas of the organisation, we've introduced our first ever Carbon Budget in 2022-2023, providing us with science-based emission reduction targets for every service area. It allows us to make reductions in a sustainable way without compromising our ability to deliver services to our community.
 
In 2022-2023 we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions by a total of at least 800 tonnes of CO2e, approximately 13% of our current annual emissions.

Our Roadmap to 2030

We have already made tangible changes within our organisation to reduce our emissions and help us to reach our net zero target.
Our journey so far: 
  • Climate emergency declared
  • Developed a Climate Action Policy
  • Lower emissions procurement and supporting local businesses
  • Developed a system to measure and report on our carbon footprint
  • Set an annual Carbon Budget
  • Purchasing 100% renewable energy for the next three years
Next steps for Climate Action:
  • Undertake a climate vulnerability, risk and opportunity assessment of the whole City
  • Establish Community Climate Action Reference Groups to help shape future steps
  • Increase community access to electric vehicle charging
  • Develop a Climate Action Plan by June 2023
  • Continue to expand our renewable energy generation portfolio
  • Develop and support key community initiatives
  • Build smart community infrastructure
  • Harness new and existing technologies to make green decisions

Partnerships

We understand that alone we can only affect small change at an organisational level, but by working together with our community, local businesses and other key partners we can take real action and achieve real tangible outcomes. See more information about our partnerships below.

Smart LED Streelights Trial

We are working together with the local governments of Albany, Armadale, Canning and Cockburn to prepare a business case for Western Power to replace approximately 47,000 inefficient and poor quality streetlights with Smart LED Streelights, which have the potential to reduce greenhouse gases by 65% and use up to 50% less energy.

This follows on from our involvemend in Western Power's Smart LED Streetlights Proposal in 2019-2020.

Switch Your Thinking

We have partnered with Switch Your Thinking, a local government initiative that inspired sustainable action in the community, with a strong focus on reducing greenhouse emissions in the community.
 
Find out more information at Switch Your Thinking.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Emergency

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is the largest international alliance of Cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society. We are one in four local governments in Western Australia to be part of this initiative.
 
Find out more information and follow our progress.

Water Corporation

We have been recognised as a Waterwise Council from Water Corporation. The Waterwise Council program endorses councils working towards managing water resources more efficiently and effectively.
 
Find out more about the Waterwise Council program.

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