GCC adopts Climate Change Mitigation Strategy

Gosford City councillors have adopted a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2025, compared to Council’s 2009/10 emissions.

The Strategy, which has been in development since August 2010, will guide Council in reducing carbon emissions as well as provide direction and leadership on energy efficiency within the community. The Strategy gives overall direction for energy efficient practices and identifies new renewable energy projects.

Gosford City Council’s Carbon and Energy Management Officer, Mr Dan Waters said the Climate Change Mitigation Strategy encompasses current and future clean energy initiatives from Council.

“We have been implementing a number of projects focused on reducing Council’s carbon footprint and the Climate Change Mitigation Strategy will identify opportunities and priorities for moving forward.

“Projects identified by the Strategy will increase business efficiency while reducing energy and waste, resulting in a carbon reduction as well as cost savings for Council.

“We will also now develop a Carbon Management Response Plan which will document, facilitate and track the implementation of our 20 percent carbon reduction target by 2025,” said Mr Waters.

Mr Waters outlined a number of successful projects already implemented by Council that have improved energy efficiency and provided cost savings.

“We have been very pleased with reductions made across a number of Council assets, with the installation of LED lighting at the Gosford Town Centre Car Park and further lighting efficiency installations currently taking place at the Laycock Street Theatre and our Administration Building.

“Our recently installed solar thermal pool heating system at the Peninsula Leisure Centre is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 139 tonnes CO2-e per year.

“Work is already underway on one of the opportunities identified within the strategy; carbon emissions from the Woy Woy landfill will be reduced by increasing the methane collection system efficiency.

“While we have been able to implement these initiatives with great success we have also been able to earmark a number of opportunities for future savings,” said Mr Waters.