By lodging an updated 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, Australia has not only reinforced the urgency of climate action, it has reaffirmed its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. To further deepen this commitment, it has restored the Climate Change Authority as an independent source for policy advice. Many Australians have welcomed these changes.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, highlights the current electricity crisis to show how a lack of action on energy policy has affected the lives and livelihoods of Australians and businesses. “Our ageing coal-fired power fleet and transmission network is not fit for purpose and are now failing Australian businesses and households,” says Kane. “A 21st century economy needs a modern electricity network that supports reliability, security and lower emissions technologies, and delivers low-cost energy to consumers.”
WA will close the last state-run coal power station in 2029, accounting for around 70% of their emissions reduction target. WA Premier, Mark McGowan, says keeping coal-fired power generation going into the 2030s will be too expensive to run and every family would need to pay an extra $1,200 for electricity each year.
The ACT Government has announced the end of new petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2035. Ahead of this deadline, it’s aiming for 80 to 90% of new light vehicle sales to be electric or hydrogen-powered by 2030.
As part of the ACT Government’s zero-emission vehicle strategy, it’s also:
Local government in Australia can and does contribute significantly to overall government emissions reduction targets. Highly visible in their communities, the actions of a local government utilising green energy can also contribute to a positive reputation among its constituents.
Recent findings from energy efficiency consultancy, 100% Renewables, show that one in six Australian local councils have adopted a net zero target. Ten, including Maroondah City Council in Victoria and the City of Brisbane, are already carbon neutral.
Most of the local councils making ambitious emissions reduction commitments are in Victoria and New South Wales. The ACT Government has already reached its target of 100% renewable electricity in the ACT. It’s also committed to cutting emissions. But Victorian councils are leading the charge with almost half its councils committed to ambitious targets.
Looking internationally, many countries are seeing their local governments invest in electric maintenance vehicles.
Papeete, in French Polynesia, uses 100% electric street sweepers in keeping with its environmental protection values.
In Belgium, the Kruibeke Municipality has converted its ageing street sweeping fleet to electric vehicles.
In the Cities of Naples and Noicattaro in Puglia, Italy, they’re also using 100% electric street sweepers. Leading Italian cleaning services provider, Serit, which operates throughout the province of Verona, has a 100% electric fleet.
In Birmingham in the UK, they’re using a range of electric street sweepers. Also in the UK, Westminster City Council is cleaning London’s West End with a 100% electric fleet of street cleaning vehicles.
Oslo in Norway has added 100% electric street sweepers to their fleet to meet their emissions reduction targets.
The City of Mountain Brook in Alabama, USA, has switched to 100% electric mowers, leaf blowers and other outdoor maintenance equipment and saw an immediate drop in noise complaints. And because of the quietness of the machines, their outdoor maintenance crew can also get started early before the heat of the day kicks in during summer.
Green technology that’s now available is dependable. It’s been tried, tested and proven to work efficiently, by leading councils around the world who have adopted this technology to achieve their net zero targets sooner.
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