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Victoria’s City of Stonnington has announced its first Climate Emergency Action Plan to reduce emissions to zero by 2030.

The Council declared a climate emergency in February 2020, and recently adopted the plan committing to accelerate towards a zero-carbon future.

City of Stonnington Councillor, Kate Hely, said, “This plan delivers on the expectations of our community to be a council that works to both prevent and adapt to a changing climate.

“It embeds climate action into every part of our work and is also about us working in partnership with our community and other levels of government.

“These changes are necessary and practical for Stonnington to adapt to our changing climate, and to join other leaders and ensuring we’re doing what we can to reduce future warming.

“We know when delivered effectively, many of these changes will also save rather than cost us money in the short and long term.

“This plan is the right thing to do for our community and our future and I’m proud to be part of the Council that has endorsed it.”

The plan identifies three priority actions to help achieve this:

  • Priority one: Zero-carbon Stonnington
  • Priority two: Thriving in a changing climate
  • Priority three: Working together for change

Identified actions include:

  • Transition Council facilities from gas to renewable energy
  • Expand food waste recycling
  • Develop a cycle-smart city
  • Facilitate a local circular economy
  • Support Stonnington households and businesses to reduce energy use and transition to renewable energy
  • Increase canopy cover and grow the urban forest
  • Ensure water sensitive urban design
  • Support local food production
  • Advance partnerships, alliances and collaborations to progress Council’s climate emergency response

Read the plan here. 

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