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Emissions & Water Reduction Pathway


Council sets ambitious energy emissions and water use targets

February 2021

In the February 2021 Council Meeting, Council adopted the following progressive targets for the LGA;

- 20% reduction in emissions by 2024 (FY16/17 emissions baseline)

- No net increase in water use by 2024 (FY16/17 water use baseline)

To reach the emissions target both the community and business electricity use must be drastically reduced.

Council offers a suite of programs and educational tools to help residents and businesses lower their energy use.

Find out how you can play your part in reducing emissions.

March 2020

In March 2020 Council passed a motion setting ambitious targets to reduce emissions and water use, both within Council operations, and across Lane Cove. Emissions and water reduction targets underpin the strategies which will guide Council on an emissions reduction pathway and focus on actions which increase climate change resilience.

The targets are:

• Achieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2036 based on 2016/17 levels; and

• Achieve no net increase in water use by 2036 based on 16/17 levels.

Council's total emissions represent 2% of Lane Cove's emissions. A significant proportion of the remaining emissions are from electricity used by the residential and non-residential sector. 

Watch this video where Council’s former Executive Manager of Environmental Services, Michael Mason, explains how Council is addressing climate change in the community.

To achieve these targets Council has identified 8 key directions:

1. Targeted Renewable Energy

  • Examine industrial sites and large commercial buildings to establish opportunities, and support solar PV installations, in a minimum of three locations in 2020/21;
  • Implement a pilot project engaging large apartments to undertake an energy and water assessment to identify energy saving opportunities, along with an action plan.

2. Identify high-performance new building standards that are relevant for Lane Cove

  • Prepare a paper on possible higher BASIX targets, including those already endorsed in other LGA's and report back on the outcomes and opportunities;
  • Lobby the NSW Government to encourage mandatory higher BASIX targets for residential and commercial new buildings;
  • Introduce a program for residents to engage sustainability consultants and implement sustainability outcomes at the pre-DA stage;

3. Continue to deliver efficient Council owned, and leased, assets

  • Install a minimum of 100kW solar PV at the Aquatic Centre across the Grandstand and the main building in 2020/21;
  • Council to continue to work with Ausgrid to complete the LED Streetlighting Program by December 2020;

4. Investigate establishing a Low Carbon Precinct in the LGA

  • Review DCP controls and investigate increasing the NABERS rating of mixed-use developments to six stars and apartment ratings to a minimum of 5 stars;

5. Water conservation strategies

  • Identify opportunities for recycled water use in Council owned and leased facilities;
  • Promote opportunities available to residents and business to improve water conservation and recycling in partnership with Sydney Water;
  • Install water saving technology in the new 50m Pool;

6. Waste innovation

  • Implement the shared waste contract with business at The Canopy;
  • Use The Canopy shared waste contract as a pilot program and investigate additional shared waste opportunities across the commercial sector;
  • Seek to identify additional recycling and waste minimisation opportunities through collaboration with shared services with Hunters Hill Council;

7. Car use to public and active transport

  • Prepare a Sustainable Transport Action Plan (STAP);

8. Plan for new mobility 

  • Commence transitioning Council's fleet to Electric Vehicles by 2025 including purchasing up to two additional electric vehicles in the next 12 months.
  •  Develop and include an Electric Vehicle strategy in the DCP that mandates new developments include Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • Continue to install Electric Vehicle infrastructure in public places.

These key directions were incorporated into the 2020-2021 Delivery Program and Operational Plan and a progressive target for 2024 was included in the 2020 - 2024 Community Strategic Plan. The progressive target will assist Council to keep on track by including achievable short, medium and long-term goals.

Council recognises there is a considerable appetite in the community to achieve long-term success through sustainability and Council has a leadership role to ensure effective action is taken. Achieving these goals will only be possible through collaboration and partnerships with residents, businesses and State and Federal Government departments.