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Coffs Council: Stick to your Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Targets

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Coffs Harbour City Council already has a Climate Change Policy and targets for renewable energy and emissions reductions - but it is in danger of back-tracking on these commitments. 

We are calling on Council to stick to the following targets and take action to achieve them:

  • reduce corporate emissions from 2010 levels by 25% by 2020 and by 50% by 2025
  • Council energy use to consist of 25% renewables by 2020, 50% renewables by 2025 and 100% renewables by 2030.

We consider these targets to be an absolute minimum given the scale of the climate emergency. 

With the impacts of a disrupted climate already being felt by coral reefs, here and on the Great Barrier Reef, with widespread heatwaves, more intense bushfires, droughts and other extreme weather events, strong action on climate change is clearly urgent and essential if we want a secure future for our children.  While it's a global issue, many solutions can be put into action right now at the local level - and solutions like renewable energy can even benefit our community financially (as anyone with solar PV on their roof can tell you!).

The next stage of the Council's delayed Emissions Reduction Plan is now expected at the Council meeting on 14 April 2016, but we hold serious concerns that the Renewable Energy Targets and Emissions Reduction Targets will be reduced. 

We are calling on each and every Councillor to re-affirm their commitment to these targets and to support a plan to achieve them.  We remind them that their own Climate Change Policy commits them to:

  • ·Reducing Council’s contribution to climate change and supporting the community to reduce their contribution to climate change.
  • Adapting Council’s activities and services to become more resilient to climate change and realise the opportunities it provides.
  • Working with the community to help build the resilience of our residents and local ecosystems to adapt to the effects of climate change.

The community is watching and will not accept any watering-down or weakened targets. 

We call on Council to:

  • Stick to the targets and follow up with a strong Emissions Reduction Plan;
  • Integrate action on climate change into all of their activities;
  • Support the community to fully transition to net zero emissions.

This petition will be delivered to Coffs Harbour City Council by Coffs Coast Climate Action Group prior to the Council meeting on 14 April 2016. 



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