Councils key to meeting emissions targets

ALGA President Linda Scott has welcomed the climate bill introduced by the Government into Parliament this week, while highlighting the role councils can play in helping meet national emissions targets.

“The 2021 Australian Local Government Climate Review found that more than 70 percent of responding councils have set or are planning ambitious emissions reduction targets for their own operations, while 80 percent have set or are investigating emissions reduction targets across their entire community,” Cr Scott said.

“Meeting these targets will make a significant contribution to reducing our emissions at a national level.”

“By setting a clear and transparent national minimum standard, this Bill will support more councils to develop and implement their own local plans.”

“Right across our nation councils are introducing energy-efficient LED streetlighting, installing electric vehicle charging stations, using recycled roads materials, and increasing tree canopy coverage.”

“Some are going further, investing in renewable energy plants, or supporting residents to install solar panels. These initiatives could be replicated by more councils with greater funding support.”

“ALGA is calling for a Local Government Climate Response Partnership Fund of $200 million over four years that will help councils minimise the impacts of climate change and achieve climate neutrality as soon as practicable.”

“Councils are committed to reducing Australia’s emissions, but with a dedicated federal funding stream could do even more, delivering local solutions to this national challenge.”