Climate Change Action Plans
Cities For Climate Protection
Blacktown City Council became a member of the Cities for Climate Protection Program in January 2001. As a member of this program Council is required to achieve five milestones, and take a leading role in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at a local community level. The five milestones that comprise the program are outlined below:
- Milestone 1: Conduct an inventory and forecast for Community and Corporate (Council) greenhouse gas emissions.
- Milestone 2: Establish an emissions reduction goal.
- Milestone 3: Develop and adopt a Local Action Plan.
- Milestone 4: Implement the Local Action Plan.
- Milestone 5: Monitor and report on achievements.
Blacktown City Council achieved Milestone 5 in 2008, having completed a re-inventory of Council's Community and Corporate greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the CCP Program, Council has conducted office lighting retrofits, purchased energy saving office equipment, installed solar panels on some Council buildings, trialled energy efficient street lighting technology and contrinues to purchase Greenpower, to name but a few. Achieving Milestone 4 has resulted in an overall abatement of approximately 1012 tonnes of greenhouse gases from Blacktown City.
Climate Change Projections
In 2011 Council adopted the Blacktown Climate Change Action and Adaptation Plan (BCCAAP), which outlines Blacktown City Council’s commitment to addressing climate change for the benefit of current and future generations. It provides a snapshot of our achievements to date and highlights the opportunities to reduce carbon emissions further. The BCCAAP also identifies areas of vulnerability to climate change and recommends actions to assist in adapting to the impacts of climate change in Blacktown City. Council is currently updating the Plan to reflect our increased commitment to reducing emissions and being a more sustainable city. The new plan will be available in December 2017.
For more information, please follow the links below.
Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency: www.climatechange.gov.au
International Council for Local Environment Initiatives, Cities for Climate Protection Program: http://www.iclei.org/