SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Waverley Council has become one of the first organisations in Australia to declare a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, said Council will be able to meet the new target by purchasing 100% renewable energy, phasing out gas and switching to electric vehicles, whilst ensuring ongoing energy efficiencies.
“Our previous net zero carbon emissions target was 2050 but Council recognised that’s too long in the future and that urgent action was required now to help keep increases in global temperatures to a minimum,” Mayor Masselos said.
“It is essential that our carbon footprint is reduced as quickly as possible, and I am proud that Council is showing leadership by setting this target for our organisation,” Mayor Masselos said.
“I sincerely trust that our community will be inspired by our actions and seek to follow our lead by reducing carbon emissions. We must act for the future of our children.”
Net zero emissions means that emissions that cannot be avoided must be eliminated by purchasing equivalent greenhouse gas removals. Council recently purchased emission credits to cover last year’s carbon footprint through internationally recognized accreditation systems which have sustainable development benefits such as biodiversity improvement.