En­ergy ef­fi­ciency from the ground up

South Western Times - - Letters To The Editor - Ge­off Tothill, Bin­ningup

A RE­CENT na­tional news item headed “Cli­mate change chal­lenge ac­cepted by group of lo­cal coun­cils” ref­er­ences the fact that: “At least 35 coun­cils, rep­re­sent­ing around 3 mil­lion Aus­tralians, have al­ready com­mit­ted to the Cities Power Part­ner­ship, a Cli­mate Coun­cil ini­tia­tive to slash emis­sions at a lo­cal level”.

Also ref­er­enced is a Cli­mate Coun­cil re­port show­ing cities, ur­ban cen­tres and ru­ral town­ships have the po­ten­tial to slash en­ergy emis­sions by 70 per cent.

It would seem rea­son­able to as­sume that coun­cils in the Greater Bun­bury re­gion are not at this point ei­ther part of or pre­pared to com­mit to the above part­ner­ship or some­thing sim­i­lar.

At present, higher lev­els of gov­ern­ment, par­tic­u­larly fed­eral, are best de­scribed as just dither­ing on emis­sions con­trol so per­haps it is time for our lo­cal coun­cils to join in the present trend set by home­own­ers and some busi­ness in­ter­ests and take ac­tion from the bot­tom up.

For in­stance, I am sure any plans in­volv­ing, Bring­ing our CBD to life, Times, July 13 would alone give plenty of scope for con­sid­er­a­tion of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and emis­sions re­duc­tion.

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