Climate Emergency: Commitment and action

Published on 08 October 2019

An array of solar panels installed onto of WaterMarc with an outlook into the horizon.

Last night, Banyule Council declared a climate emergency at its Council Meeting.

Banyule Mayor Cr Wayne Phillips called on all levels of government, including local councils, to take urgent action and show leadership to combat climate change.

"This is a global problem that we all must tackle together," Cr Phillips said. 
"Banyule Council is proud to join with the Climate Emergency movement and will continue to act to ensure a safe and sustainable world now, and in the future."

"We have established an initial $5 million Climate Action Package to fund important carbon abatement work, such as energy efficiency improvement, solar panel roll out and the introduction of electric vehicles. Plus, we have also set an ambitious target of carbon neutrality by 2028 for our organisation and have a draft Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan to achieve this."

Cr Phillips said Banyule Council was committed to working in partnership with the community and other levels of government to achieve carbon neutrality.
"We have undertaken extensive community consultation to understand the barriers to action and how Council can best support the community to lower their emissions. This community input is helping us develop a Community Emissions Reduction Plan."

To have input in to the plans, visit Shaping Banyule.

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