The City of Cockburn has set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for 2020 and 2050. The City is on track to meet these targets.
The City measures and reports emissions annually, invests in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, establishes partnerships, supports research and trials new technologies.
The City was also an active member of the National Cities for Climate Protection Program until its closure in June 2009. The City now measures its emissions through Greensense View. The City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy guides corporate emissions reduction to 2020.
In light of the 2016 Federal Government commitment to the Paris Agreement, the City anticipates new policy and funding processes to be developed by the Commonwealth over the next two years. The City is engaged and prepared to meet the challenges of emissions reduction, and is working on a range of major projects in the street lighting, renewable energy and energy efficiency areas.
The City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy 2011-2020 sets a strong vision, targets and actions to reduce the City's carbon footprint.
The strategy includes plans for a zero-emissions fleet, solar cells, wind turbines and a renewable energy policy. The City offsets its fleet emissions annually.
As part of the strategy, the City will transition towards using locally-produced electricity from renewable resources in all major facilities. Currently, the City is on track to meet its 2020 emissions reductions targets.
The City measures and reports on emissions and progress towards targets annually. The City also reports waste emissions through the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme annually on a voluntary basis.
The City has been monitoring the energy consumption of key facilities through Greensense View - an interactive real-time energy monitoring solution. This technology has enabled the City to identify energy saving opportunities and raise awareness on energy consumption. It has also enabled the City to identify optimal areas for installation of renewable technologies.
The City sends community waste and recyclables to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre. These efforts have saved over 20,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. Methane extraction and flaring at the Henderson Waste Recovery Park has saved 62,000 tonnes of CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere.