Feedback invited on Ku-ring-gai’s revised climate change policy

Published on 13 May 2020

The public can comment on the updated policy and action plan until 11 June.

According to the updated Climate Change Policy and Action Plan, Ku-ring-gai Council is setting a target of net zero emissions up to the year 2040, aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.

To do this, the Council is looking to invest in solutions such as electric vehicles and renewable energy to reduce organisational greenhouse gas emissions and help support the local community in achieving zero emissions over the next 10-20 years.

A report presented to the Council’s April meeting said the updated policy would ‘reflect the latest climate science and take an evidence-based approach to solving these issues’. 

The highlights of Ku-ring-gai’s Climate Change Policy are:

  • Recognition that responding to climate change requires action from all levels of government and society.
  • Action must be based on the most current knowledge and science and investment in proven and emerging technologies.
  • There are opportunities for local government and communities to invest in technologies such as electric vehicles, wind and solar power for energy efficiency.
  • Council plans to work with and support the community in efforts to mitigate climate change and build resilience to its impacts.
  • Local government has statutory and regulatory responsibilities through land use planning, environmental protection and natural resource management.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the Council was committed to being proactive and utilising the best technologies for renewable energy, performance and cost savings.

“We have a proven track record in innovation when it comes to environmental protection and we want to lead our community in safeguarding Ku-ring-gai’s natural environment”.

Click here to view the policy and action plan and submissions from the public close at 5pm on Thursday 11 June.

 

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au

 

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