<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 11, December 2007 - January 2008
2006/2007 CCP Australia Report available (copy 1)
A report summarizing the accomplishments of Australian participants in the CCP Campaign is currently available.
As well as cutting carbon emissions by almost 3.7 million tonnes, the 2,600 actions reported by 178 participating councils in 2006/07 saved money; reduced water use, air pollution and traffic congestion; and, improved community health and fitness. Delivered by ICLEI Oceania in collaboration with the Australian Greenhouse Office, CCP is proving to be an essential element of the greenhouse solution mix. Highlights of the full report (available from www.iclei.org/oceania) include:
Aggregating many small achievements makes a big impact
Much can be achieved for little or no cost
- This year’s reduction of almost 3.7 million tonnes is an increase of 8% over 2005/06. It brings the total abatement reported by CCP Australia councils to almost 13.3 million tonnes CO2 -e since the start of the program in 1997.
CCP is about leading by example.
- Almost 570,000 tonnes CO2 -e (15%) came from actions to reduce emissions in councils’ own operations. Much of this has been achieved through simple and cost-effective actions such as turning off equipment after hours, improving lighting efficiency, buying credited renewable electricity, providing paper recycling, and downsizing to smaller-engine fleet vehicles.
Reducing greenhouse emissions makes economic sense.
- The remaining 3.15 million tonnes CO2 -e (85%) came from actions that reduced emissions in councils’ local communities. Councils are increasingly engaged in assisting their communities to reduce emissions through a wide variety of projects.
Council commitment to climate change action is growing.
- Councils reported that energy-efficiency measures saved them at least $AUS 7 million and their communities close to $11 million through reduced energy costs. The total savings reported since the start of the programme are $70 million.
Partnerships are the key to implementing action.
- Councils invested an additional $17 million plus to implement actions, bringing the total investment reported since the start of the programme to almost $164 million. They also reported a commitment of $3.8 million in council staff resources to implement these actions. On average, council staff time devoted to climate change action has increased by 50%.
- Councils reported receiving over $7 million from federal and state government agencies and other stakeholders to implement actions. This is a four-fold increase over funding reported for 2005/06, and emphasizes the importance of a partnership approach to implementing actions.