As part of its commitment to reducing the impact of climate change Shire of Kalamunda has been involved in various programs over a number of years to reduce its operational carbon emissions, and encourage residents to move towards low-carbon lifestyles. These are listed below.
History of Shire of Kalamunda’s involvement in carbon emissions reduction programs:
- 2001 – Shire of Kalamunda joined the ICLEI (International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives) Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Program. The CCP focused on monitoring, reporting on and reducing the Shire’s corporate carbon emissions, and those of the community. The Shire undertook a series of milestones to achieve this:
– Milestone 1: Conduct a baseline emissions inventory and forecast for a target year.
– Milestone 2: Adopt an emissions reduction target for the forecast year.
– Milestone 3: Develop the Shire of Kalamunda Corporate Greenhouse Action Plan (Aug 2001).
– Milestone 4: Implement policies and measures.
– Milestone 5: Monitor and verify results.
- 2007 – The Shire reached CCP PLUS phase, having completed the 5 milestones listed above. CCP PLUS involved continuing inventories, implementing greenhouse gas reduction and abatement measures, and implementing actions in the Shire of Kalamunda Corporate Greenhouse Action Plan (Aug 2001).
- 2009 – The Australian Government withdrew funding from the CCP. However, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) and its member Councils (including Shire of Kalamunda) decided it was necessary to continue to monitor and mitigate their emissions as well as encourage the community by leading through example.
- 2009 – EMRC in collaboration with its member Councils, developed the Achieving Carbon Emissions reduction (ACEr) program. ACEr continued the CCP’s focus on monitoring, reporting on and reducing the Shire’s corporate carbon emissions. It also provided information and education to the community and local businesses on reducing energy consumption and other climate change related issues.
- 2011 onwards - The Shire has continued to work with other Councils, complete its inventory and undertake actions. In 2013/14 the Shire aims to update its Carbon Reduction Strategy.
To find out more visit EMRC’s web site; http://www.emrc.org.au/achieving-carbon-emissions-reduction.html
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