14 April 2016 Council Adopts Ambitious Energy and Emissions Targets

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14 April 2016 Council Adopts Ambitious Energy and Emissions Targets

Coffs Harbour City Council has adopted a strategy aimed at using 100% renewable energy in all Council facilities by 2030.

The Coffs Harbour Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan offers the possibility - through long-term investment in energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy such as solar - for Council to significantly reduce both its emissions and energy costs.

The targets set by the Plan include:

·         Council reducing its annual corporate CO2 emissions by 50% from 2010 levels by 2025.

·         Council to use 100% renewable energy for its facilities by 2030.

The Plan provides a framework to reduce corporate emissions and understand the long-term costs and savings opportunities.  It also covers suggested ways to finance the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the reductions achieved.

Coffs Harbour City Council has a long history of seeking energy-efficient solutions.

In 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.

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 electricity costs. In addition, we have solar photovoltaic power panels on the Castle Street car park, at the Botanic Garden and at Woolgoolga Lakeside Holiday Park.

The Plan includes a number of new solar initiatives. In the short-term to 2020, it proposes that a priority list of Council facilities that would be most suitable for the installation of solar panels is established.

In the longer-term up to 2025, there is a proposal for a large-scale solar generation project of around 70 hectares in size. As part of that process, possible locations will need to be identified and detailed assessments of their suitability undertaken.