Local governments in Tasmania have many opportunities to reduce the emissions associated with their operations and services. Reducing emissions and using resources efficiently will not only deliver environmental benefits, but can also deliver cost savings.
For some advice about actions councils can take, take a look at our tips for businesses and resources for businesses. Councils can also consider:
Local governments across Tasmania and Australia are showing leadership in emissions reduction activities, both within their own operations and across their communities. Explore some highlights using the links below.
- Hobart City Council
The City of Hobart has reduced its corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent from 2000 to 2010.
- Kingborough Council
- A 75 per cent reduction in the Council’s Civic Centre and Chambers lighting costs is leading to a saving of $391,000, as part of an energy efficiency agreement (PDF) with Low Carbon Australia (now Clean Energy Finance Corporation).
- running community programs to help residents reduce their carbon footprint and save money.
- Meander Valley Council
Discover how this council saved $16,500 every year on its energy bills.
- Southern Midlands Council
Think heritage buildings can’t be energy efficient? This council saved over $7,000 each year.
Other Australian councils
- Bellingen Shire Council Climate Change Action Plan (PDF)
Bellingen Shire Council has adopted an emissions reduction target of 40 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020 for its operations.
- City of Fremantle
The City of Fremantle is collecting accolades for its participation in the One Planet Living program, promoting sustainability at a corporate and community level.
- City of Greater Geelong
The Geelong ecoCHALLENGE Initiative is the City's way of working towards a smaller environmental footprint and a more sustainable future.
- City of Melbourne
Can the City of Melbourne achieve Zero Net Emissions by 2020?
- City of Sydney
An ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent and for the city to have capacity to achieve up to 100 per cent of electricity demand by local electricity generation by 2030.
- City of Yarra
To date, the City of Yarra has achieved a 22.4 per cent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions and obtains 6 per cent of its energy from local, low-carbon sources.
- Tumut Shire Council
Read how solar panel installation, solar heating, recycled water, energy audits and energy usage reviews are helping Council save as much as $73,480 per year.
- Willoughby Council
The annual Sustainability Report Card shares progress by Council and the community towards reducing their environmental footprint.
More information for local government is available on our Local government climate change adaptation page and Local government area climate profiles page.