A COMMITMENT to measuring and monitoring greenhouse emissions has scored the City of Cockburn a WA Local Government Association award.
The City has been reporting on its emissions since joining the Cities for Climate Protection Program in 1999 and received the award for achieving “Level 1 – Emissions Aware Status on the new WALGA Greensense Emissions Reporting Platform Program”.
Under the program, councils track and report their greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and energy production as part of a complete greenhouse gas accounting system.
It helps the council with its annual progress on emission reduction targets and complements the City’s reporting under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act.
Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said he is pleased the City is involved in the project.
“It’s important we all do our bit to save energy and recycle in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
“The City of Cockburn is actively engaged in reducing the impacts of climate change – not only does this benefit the environment but it also results in positive impacts on the quality of life in our community.
“Local governments are becoming leaders in environmental and sustainability issues, demonstrated by the commitment and resources we have put into programs and projects to help create a healthy environment.
“There is overwhelming community support for programs like these and growing evidence to show that, without intervention, greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise.
“By working together we can make a significant difference to the benefit of our community today and in the future.”
Mayor Howlett said the City was now on track to achieve level two of the new WALGA program – the emissions-managed stage – after setting emissions targets for 2020 and 2050 and adopting a new greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy.
“While others are investing large amounts of money buying offsets to become carbon neutral, Cockburn will be significantly reducing carbon emissions by improving the energy efficiency of community facilities, reducing waste and producing clean, green energy,” he said.
“Our goal for the future is to reduce emissions while improving community infrastructure and reducing our dependence on electricity supplied from coal-fired power stations.”
The award was presented to the City of Cockburn at the WALGA Biodiversity and Climate Change Recognition Breakfast, held as part of the Local Government Week convention in early August.
WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion, Cockburn Councillors Tony Romano and Ian Whitfield, Mayor Logan K Howlett, City of Cockburn Climate Change Environmental Officer Jenni Harrison and WALGA President Troy Pickard at the award presentation.
City of Cockburn
The City of Cockburn celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009 and is regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.
With a population of about 85,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).
As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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