Hobart City Council is committed to finding practical and effective ways to address climate change concerns within the Hobart municipality.
Hobart's Climate Change Strategies x 5
The Council has released its new Climate Change Strategy 'Hobart Climate Change Strategies x 5', resetting the Council's framework for ongoing climate action.
HCC S5 is a strategic platform rather than a prescriptive action plan for climate change. It is designed to further assist the Council to work cooperatively throughout the region to strengthen and embed action on climate change.
The key features of the new HCC S5 are;
- further confirmation of the Council's political commitment to acting and leading on climate change by its endorsement of a 'Climate Change Policy';
- identification of 5 core climate change strategies: Accounting, Abatement, Adaptation, Advocacy and Awareness; that will underpin comprehensive climate change action across Council activities and within the community;
- putting forward a proposal to Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority to establish a 'Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative' aimed at developing programs that encourage and implement greater climate change awareness and action in the greater Hobart community; and
- as part of the Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative, participate in an urban pilot project - 'The Greater Hobart Climate Partnership', a co-operative initiative by the Greater Hobart councils that will develop community based programs to foster sustainable behaviour modification and climate change adaptation.
The Climate Change Project
On 27th August 2010 the General Manager presented a DVD on climate change to the Tasmanian Climate Action Council. The initatives and projects highlighted on the video demonstrates the leadership the Council has shown on the climate change issue.
Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence 2009
Hobart City Council won the Local Government Award in the 2009 Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence.
The Council's entry "A Decade of Climate Action" outlines the Council's climate change actions since 1999 when it first committed to climate change action. The entry outlined the Council's ongoing framework of actions which includes;
- reduction of greenhouse gas emission from its activities by over 70%, with a good proportion of our emissions reduced through the generation of electricity from McRobies Gully landfill's methane, with the offsets being used by Cascade Brewery for its Green Beer;
- held Sustainable Transport Days and Weeks to raise awareness and most recently worked on dedicated bike lanes for Hobart City streets;
- coordinated the first walking school bus in Tasmania which was documented in a DVD and sent to all Australian Schools by the Australian Government;
- developed Energy Efficiency Guidelines for buildings;
- offer $500 Solar Hot Water rebates as well as $300 Insulation rebates for Landlords;
- engaged Sustainable Living Tasmania to hold a series of 'Beat Winter Chills and Bills' community forums to raise awareness of how householders can save energy and money;
- recently renovated the annexe of the Hobart Town Hall which it is estimated will reduce two thirds of its previous energy use; and
- internally the Council conducts annual inventories of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and actively works to reduce these.
2009 Banksia Environmental Awards
The Hobart City Council was a finalist in the 2009 Banksia Environmental Awards for its "A Decade of Climate Change Action" submission.
More on Climate Change
The Council was the first in Tasmania to join the Cities for Climate Protection Program (CCP), and through this program it has committed to producing inventories of its corporate emissions, establishing greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and implementing a greenhouse local action plan.
Since joining the CCP in 1999, HCC has also initiated a number of Climate Change Actions and Incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the community to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle
The range of actions include:
- New cogeneration water treatment plant installed at Macquarie Point (2004)
- Methane flaring at the McRobies Gully landfill site (2004)
- Carbon offset purchased for the Taste of Tasmania (2007-2008)
- Trial of sustainable street lighting options (2008)
- Establishment of an Energy Reserve Fund for projects not covered by other budgets (2008)
- Widening of Council's Emissions Reduction Target (2008)
Hobart City Council Incentives