100% renewable energy by 2030 is the boldest of a set of new energy and
emissions targets set by Coffs Harbour City Council, which is embarking on a
renewed push to save money and help improve the environment.
Reducing annual corporate emissions of CO2 gases from 2010 levels
by 25% by 2020 and by 50% by 2025.
Ensuring Council’s energy use consists of 25% renewables by 2020
and 50% renewables by 2025.
are ambitious targets, but we are confident that as technology continues to
improve and we carry on working hard to cut costs and greenhouse gas emissions,
we will reach them,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.
most recent initiative has been the installation of solar panels at the Botanic
Garden, but Council has a long history of seeking energy-efficient solutions.
2004, Coffs Harbour became the first council in Australia to introduce
energy-efficient street lighting across its entire local government area. In
2009, a landfill gas capture facility – the first of its kind on the Mid North
Coast - was installed at the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Park. This has seen
a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions
in 2010, Coffs Harbour City Council installed the largest public rooftop solar
power array in NSW on the top of Rigby House which saves $30,000 per annum in
also recently adopted an energy fund for investment into energy efficiency
works and renewable energy. This would be funded through 10% of the difference
in costs between the black and green energy purchased by Council, or $100,000 a
year, whichever is the greater. Action will be identified through the soon to
be developed Coffs Harbour Emissions Reduction Plan (CHERP) and will be effective
from January 2016.
setting of the new targets is part of the initial stages in the development of the
CHERP. The Plan will form part of a framework that will include how Council
monitors, reviews and reports on its emissions. The next stage in its
development will be the preparation of a detailed Emissions Reduction Plan,
with prioritised actions, costs and suggested ways to finance those actions.