THE Shire of Mundaring has committed to cut emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.
At Tuesday night’s monthly September meeting, councillors endorsed a draft energy and emissions reduction strategy with a focus on reducing the Shire’s energy use and corporate emissions.
It is anticipated future energy cost savings will be shared by ratepayers.
Item mover councillor Kate Driver thanked the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, Shire coordinator of environment and sustainability Briony Moran, Mundaring in Transition and community members in the Environmental Advisory Committee for their work to prepare the strategy.
“There was excitement at getting a higher target but there was a lot of discussion around what is practical and achievable and 30 per cent by 2030 definitely meets that target,” she said.
An Environmental Advisory Committee report said the Shire could reduce energy by purchasing energy efficient vehicles, installing more photovoltaic (sunlight to electricity) systems at facilities and by offsetting emissions by purchasing GreenPower or carbon offsets.
The Shire has already installed photovoltaic systems at its administration building and the Swan View Youth Centre as well as solar pool heating at Bilgoman Pool.
Cr Darrell Jones said the Shire could make a difference at Local Government level.
“This (council decision) shows leadership in government at a grassroots level in tackling emissions and their impact on our community,” he said.
“We don’t need to wait for State or Federal to lead the way.”
The Western Australian Local Government Association updated its climate change policy statement in July calling on strong climate change action, leadership and coordination at all levels of government.
As part of the strategy the Shire will join the Cities Power Partnership, a group representing local governments and communities across Australia, and also list emissions reduction measures for consideration in the 2019/2020-2022/23 Corporate Business Plan.
The strategy will be reviewed every four years.
By Claire Ottaviano