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Yarra Ranges votes to become carbon neutral
April 18, 2007
The Shire of Yarra Ranges (Australia) has pledged to become carbon neutral within the next year.
The Council has identified a range of innovative measures that, at a cost of approximately $AUS 790,000 in the first year, would significantly reduce the carbon dioxide consumption of Yarra Ranges.
Some of these measures include:
- adopting a climate change commitment that includes striving to exceed Kyoto Protocol targets;
- becoming carbon neutral by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level 30 percent below its 2000 levels by the year 2010;
- purchasing renewable energy certificates to offset emissions from street lighting and other council assets; and
- offsetting council fleet emissions by planting 60,000 trees and progressively reducing energy consumption.
Mayor of Yarra Ranges, Councillor Tim Heenan, said the measures were practical and measurable. Councillor Heenan said, “The council believes it is the most serious challenge facing our planet and unless we take drastic and immediate action we will leave future generations an appalling legacy.” On the associated cost, Councillor Heenan went on to say that: “we have been upfront in telling our community that there will be a cost involved in the program. However, the cost of doing nothing is immense.”
More and more cities are facing the need to mitigate climate change while already adapting to the changes brought about by climate change. ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection® (CCP) Campaign is an innovative international campaign that helps local government and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment. And now, the CCP Campaign is launching the Adaptation Initiative, building capacity for climate change impacts at the local level. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.
Yarra Ranges is one of 95 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its programs in the Oceania region, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania.
Source: “Council votes to become carbon neutral”, Shire of Yarra Ranges press release, 11 April 2007.
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