Legacies are important and leaving a better future for the next generation is key to good decision making. This week, Kiama Municipal Council signed the Better Futures Declaration to advocate for strong climate action policies from the Federal Government, because a better future for our region is important.
This follows a couple of recent decisions that further strengthen our commitment to sustainability. Recently Council adopted our Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan (Corp ERP) that provides a pathway to continue to achieve emissions reductions for the future and lays the foundation to reach our net zero targets.
We are also a foundation member of the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest network of local councils leading the way to a thriving, zero emissions future.
By becoming a signatory to the Better Futures Declaration, Council is leading by example and showing its support for Australia’s international commitment to transition to net zero emissions before 2050.
Mayor Mark Honey said: “This ties in very well with what Kiama Council is doing in addressing climate change, trying to reduce our net emissions to zero. I think that us being involved with the Cities Power Partnership has been a great benefit to the community.”
Better Futures Australia is a network of partners who are amplifying climate work and bringing together public and private sector leaders to scale success stories and demonstrate Australia’s readiness for an ambitious national response to climate change. The declaration pushes for a national response to reach net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.
Council’s Corp ERP has set the ambitious target of achieving net zero emissions by 2031 for all of our operations, facilities and services, including an interim target of 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
Image: Kiama Mayor Mark Honey signs the Better Futures Declaration