The effects of climate change pose a number of risks to Council and our communities in terms of infrastructure, community facilities, local businesses, aged and community care and associated health issues. In response to these issues Council has produced the following plans;
- Climate Change Risk Assessment Adaptation Report
- Sustainable Councils and Communities – Kyogle Council Action Plan
The Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Report uses the international risk management standards to assess climate change risks and the impacts on the organisation using projections of nationally and internationally recognised scientific research including data from the CSIRO, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The Sustainable Councils and Communities document is an action plan to help Council prioritise and implement energy efficiency measures and renewable energy upgrades. This plan was prepared by 100% Renewables on behalf of Council and the OEH under the NSW Government’s Sustainable Councils and Communities Program, and includes a discussion on the targets around carbon emissions and renewable energy.
At its meeting of June 2019 Council resolved to set the following targets;
(a) That 25% of Council’s electricity demand is met through on-site solar energy generation by 2025
(b) That 50% of Council’s electricity demand is sourced from renewables by 2025
(c) That 100% of Council’s electricity demand is sourced from renewables by 2030
Council also encourages and supports the use of renewable energy by the community, particularly in new developments.