A review by data analysis platform Purpose Bureau has revealed that Victoria has 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs) signed on to Net Zero commitments, the most of any state.

Purpose Bureau reviewed 531 LGAs in Australia to find a total of 91 LGAs having made Net Zero commitments by at least 2050, with Victoria leading the nation with 34.

Considering the total number of LGAs in each state, Victoria also had the highest proportion of LGAs that have made commitments. Purpose Bureau found:

  • 43 per cent of all Victorian LGAs have made Net Zero commitments, compared to just five per cent in Queensland, eight per cent in Western Australia and 12 per cent in South Australia
  • Victoria more than doubled the national figure of 17 per cent of LGAs having made commitments

Considering the national figures, Victoria fast approaching a majority of LGAs with Net Zero commitments shows how far ahead they are when it comes to climate goals.

Victoria is home to 818 pollutant facilities, only slightly less than Queensland’s 831, New South Wales’ 877 and Western Australia’s 888.

Purpose Bureau found the best performing LGAs in Victoria to be Bayside City Council, Colac Otway Shire Council and Moonee Valley City Council on top, which has already declared carbon neutrality.

Alpine Shire Council, Frankston City Council, Kingston City Council, Monash City Council and Banyule City Council are committed to Net Zero before 2030.

Ballarat City Council, Brimbank City Council, Knox City Council, Mount Alexander Shire Council and South Gippsland Shire Council are committed to Net Zero at 2030.

Purpose Bureau CEO, Nick Kamper, commented on the findings, saying, “Victoria has established itself as a leader in Net Zero commitments. Not only does it have the most LGAs signing on, but it has the highest proportion of any state in Australia.

“While Victoria’s Net Zero momentum often gets muted for its cleaner baseline, it still has over 800 pollutant facilities, is responsible for more than 17 per cent of Australia’s emissions, and remains hugely dependent on brown coal.”

Purpose Bureau is Australia’s largest database of real-time business ESG data. Purpose Bureau’s database contains more than 200 insights on over 2 million Australian businesses.

Tune in to the Sustainable Cities Virtual Conference on 9 and 11 November to hear more from Nick Kamper from Purpose Bureau to learn more about the local government sector’s sustainability journey and road to Net Zero. To register for the Virtual Conference, visit the Sustainable Cities website here.

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