The WAGA councils are working hard to reduce their corporate emissions.
The most significant projects address the largest use of energy within councils’ direct control: street lighting, followed by civic buildings and recreation, sporting and aquatic centres. Pursuant to programs funded by the Australian Government, most of the WAGA councils have conducted a large-scale region-wide changeover of street lights to energy-efficient luminaires, as well as environmental upgrades of many council-owned and council-controlled buildings. Further street lighting and building upgrades are planned, and most of the WAGA councils are also helping their residential and business communities to reduce their emissions. WAGA’s 2016 report of emissions reductions by its member councils shows that on average 32,427 tonnes of CO2-e have been saved per annum so far. This offsets emissions generated by 4,194 households.
The street lighting effort is part of a Victoria-wide process, in which 232,000 street lights are being replaced by energy efficient alternatives. The Victorian response is the second largest such project in the world, only narrowly beaten by New York, which is set to replace 250,000 street lights.
There are many benefits to programs to reduce councils’ corporate emissions, including showing practical leadership to address climate change for residents and businesses.
WAGA’s 2016 report details the emissions reductions, the WAGA councils’ greenhouse targets and plans and the projects that have been undertaken to achieve them.