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Wollongong City Targets Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Steel News - Published on Fri, 13 Dec 2019

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Wollongong City Council has agreed to target net zero emissions by 2030. The Council voted unanimously in favour of the 2030 target and for the much more significant and ambitious target of zero emissions by 2050 for the entire local government area. The latter target will be reviewed in five years with a view to reducing the timeline from 2050 to 2030, in line with Council’s target. For Wollongong, which hosts Bluescope’s Port Kembla steelworks, industry is by far and away the biggest contributor to the regional centre’s greenhouse gas emissions, at 70 per cent. Residential accounts for 25 per cent and council a tiny 5 per cent.

To meet the target for its own operations, Wollongong council says it will work to slash landfill emissions, which account for 85 per cent of the local government’s carbon footprint, including via plans to build a gas-to-power plant at the City’s Whytes Gully tip.

Also under consideration is the development of a second 1MW renewable energy unit at Whytes Gully, the installation of solar panels across Council buildings and the adoption of alternate fuel vehicles, which council says could altogether deliver an 88 per cent reduction in emissions.

Wollongong will also join the Cities Power Partnership Program, a network of local government organisations working together to transition to clean energy, administered by the Climate Council, to help meet its obligations under the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 13 Dec 2019
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