Reducing Your Emissions
The City of Mandurah has been committed to taking action on Climate Change since joining the Cities for Climate Protection Program (CCP) in 1999.
Under the CCP Program, the City set corporate (council operations) and community goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% for its corporate sector and 20% for the community sector by the year 2010, based on 1998 levels. The City achieved this and reduced emissions by 57% (see graph below).
The City is committed to continuing its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases beyond 2010 and has set a new target to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2013. The City has also set a longer term target for 2020, whereby the carbon neutral status is retained but a cap on the amount of carbon offsets purchased will apply to ensure a reduction in gross carbon emissions, rather than just the net carbon emissions.
How has the City reduced greenhouse gas emissions?
Since starting with the CCP Program the City has saved more than approximately 22,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere through actions taken to reduce emissions from its vehicle fleet, buildings, water and waste sectors.
The City has also encouraged the Mandurah community to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from waste, transport and energy use through a wide variety of projects that are estimated to have saved more than 128,000 tonnes CO2 from entering the atmosphere since 1999.
Key actions by which the City has achieved these greenhouse reductions include:
- The purchase of 100% renewable energy and carbon credits for all sites and facilities
- Implementation of a Workplace Transport Plan that has seen the introduction of SmartRider cards and fleet bikes for sustainable business travel
- Purchases to offset 100% of the emissions from Counci's vehicle fleet and the City's street lightling.
- Implementation of a Bushland Protection Strategy, which includes the purchase of 150 hectares of privately owned bushland in that would otherwise have been developed
- Installation of Photovoltaic Solar panels to provide renewable energy to the Falcon eLibrary
- Participation in the Days of Change Program to assist the Council to become a more environmentally sustainable organisation. The City encourages all households to take action. Further information on the Days of Change Program can be found here
- The Sustainable Mandurah Home which demonstrates to the local community how to adopt environmentally sustainable practices in their own homes
- Paper is recycled and diverted from entering landfill sites (through the fortnightly recycling collection)
- Collection of greenwaste from the community for mulch in public open space and gardens
- Piloting the LivingSmart Program which promotes energy, water, waste and travel behaviour change in the community
- Encouraging sustainable operating practices by business vendors at community events such as CrabFest
- Piloting a compositing trial program which will not only reduce landfill but will also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
How to reduce your carbon footprint
There are many things you can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home. Examples of energy saving actions that can make a difference include:
- Turning off appliances using standby power
- Composting your food waste
- Switching to low energy globes
- Planting a water wise garden
- Installing a solar photovoltaic system or wind turbine at your home or business
- Choosing to leave the car at home for 1 or 2 extra trips per week
- Taking shorter showers (saving hot water)
For more energy saving tips and information on the Living Smart Program please visit www.livingsmart.org.au/.
The City of Mandurah, in conjunction with Murdoch University, has created a Wind Resource Model of the Mandurah area.
This model provides regional wind data across all of Mandurah and will assist residents and busniesses who are interested in finding out whether small scale wind turbines could be utilised at their home or business.
The model can be accessed in the online mapping page. Simply enter your address in the 'house search' tab on the bottom of the online mapping page, click on 'view report' next to wind resource on the top right hand corner.