Mary-Anne Crawford and Damian Morris in front of the Singleton arts and cultural centre

Singleton Council has revealed new emissions reduction targets as part of its  Singleton Emissions Reduction Action Plan (ERAP), showcasing a commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050 – in line with the New South Wales Government’s targets.

The ERAP proposes three evidence-based and achievable targets for Council to reduce its emissions:

  • Council to purchase 100 per cent renewable energy from 2030
  • Council aims to reduce its emissions by 65 per cent by 2030 
  • Council publicly commits to achieving net- zero emissions by 2050 in line with the New South Wales Government target

The ERAP was endorsed by Council at a meeting on 20 June 2023, which also pledges to source 100 per cent of Council’s electricity from renewables by 2030, as well as a commitment to achieve a 65 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 (aspirational interim target).

Singleton Council General Manager, Jason Linnane, said the ERAP was a roadmap for how Council could reduce its operational greenhouse emissions. 

“The plan was developed over a six-month period, involving employee and community consultation, energy audits of Council’s biggest energy-using facilities, data analysis and modelling and provides recommendations for Council to reduce its emissions through energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport, waste management, sustainable procurement, and behaviour change.

“Council is leading by example to take decisive and responsible action on climate change, and this Emissions Reduction Plan is our commitment to the sustainability of our own organisation, as well as the facilities and services that Council delivers now and over the long term to protect the future prosperity of our people, economy and environment from climate change,” Mr Linnane said. 

“We’re already well on our way — our organisation’s efforts to minimise consumption has seen us reduce our electricity usage by 31 per cent, corresponding to a 29 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2019-20 and 2020-21.

“But it doesn’t end there. We’re committed as an organisation to put sustainability at the forefront of everything we do, meaning our focus is not only on ensuring the quality of life and creating community for the people of Singleton now, but for generations to come.”

The targets are for Council’s operational emissions, not community emissions.

Featured image: Mary-Anne Crawford and Damian Morris in front of the Singleton arts and cultural centre. Image credit: Singleton Council.


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