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Council sets ambitious renewable energy target

Eurobodalla Council is aiming to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and reduce its energy emissions 80 per cent by 2030.

Council’s new draft Emissions Reduction Plan outlines high-impact cost-effective actions to reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next four years.

The draft plan was unanimously supported by councillors at Tuesday’s Council meeting, where it was resolved to place the plan on public exhibition to seek community feedback.

It builds on the achievements of Council’s Greenhouse Action Plan 2012-2017, which delivered savings of more than $1 million and 5,100 tonnes of CO2 per year in completed emissions reduction projects.

Activities proposed in the new draft plan include completing the LED street light upgrade, exploring ways to use methane from landfill gas extraction, investigating large-scale solar, battery storage and other renewable energy options, facilitating electric car charging infrastructure and developing a Council Climate Adaptation Strategy.

Council’s Sustainability Coordinator Mark Shorter said the plan helped position Council to capitalise on emerging clean technology opportunities.

“The draft Emissions Reduction Plan charts an ambitious but achievable course for Council to continue to cut emissions and energy costs,” he said.

“We have achieved some excellent results so far and demonstrated the financial and environmental benefits from emissions reduction projects.

“We encourage the community to review the plan and make a submission within the next four weeks.”

Copies of the draft Plan will be available at Eurobodalla’s three libraries, the customer service centre in Moruya and on Council’s website from Wednesday 12 April to 10 May 2017. Media Release

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