Councils leading the push to address climate change
THE Rural City of Wangaratta has joined forces with other councils across Australia as part of the Cities Power Partnership to slash greenhouse gas pollution and tackle worsening climate change.
The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership program is Australia’s largest local government climate network, with more than 100 councils representing almost 11 million Australians working together to find local climate solutions.
Mayor Ken Clarke said joining the Cities Power Partnership was an important step forward to finding local climate solutions.
“The Rural City of Wangaratta has taken the pledge to tackle climate change in our own backyards as part of the Cities Power Partnership,” he said.
“Across Australia, shire, towns and cities, through local governments, are cutting greenhouse gas pollution, switching to clean energy and building resilient communities - and we’re proud to be playing an important part in this mission.”
Councils taking part in the Cities Power Partnership pledge five actions to tackle climate change locally, from ramping up renewable energy through to planning sustainable transport systems.
These actions include the installation of renewable energy on council buildings, ensuring fleet purchases will support the uptake of electric vehicles and the implementation of an education and the implementation of a behaviour change program to encourage community members to drive the shift to renewable energy.
Businesses and residents will be encouraged to use solar energy and cycle lanes will be added in road designs to support sustainable transport as part of pledge actions.
Wangaratta will be among more than 200 councils across the country leading the way in sustainable energy.
Climate councillor and internationally renowned climate expert Professor Tim Flannery welcomed the Rural City of Wangaratta to the partnership and commended the council for taking positive action on climate change.
“I would like to congratulate the Rural City of Wangaratta and Cr Clarke on joining the climate change trailblazers in the Cities Power Partnership, who are shaping the way that Australian communities use and generate energy,” he said.
“There are some great clean energy and transport projects coming out of Australia’s local governments and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Rural City of Wangaratta will bring to the Cities Power Partnership.”