We're thrilled to have launched the Australian Local Government Climate Review 2018 with project partners ICLEI Oceania and Beyond Zero Emissions.
The report is the end result of the most comprehensive local government and climate change survey Australian councils and communities have ever witnessed. Over the last few months we've had a team collating and analysing the data and we now have the final product!
The report finds local governments and their communities are leading the way on climate action, completing energy efficiency and renewable projects across the land, which align with the latest climate science and international agreements.
We invited Australian council and community stakeholders to take part in the survey to better understand local government climate change actions, policies, strategies and targets.
We now have the end result in 34 pages of information to help better understand the climate change actions and targets, policies and strategies of Australian councils and communities.
The report includes key findings, results, state overview and case studies. A series of recommendations for councils, local government groups and associations, and state, territory and federal governments are outlined as well as steps communities can take to drive and accelerate climate action in their local area.
The Report was launched at the international Resilient Cities Conference in Bonn, Germany on Saturday 28th April, where Australian council, state and community climate action was highlighted on the world stage. While Australia has witnessed our fair share of embarrassment from the Federal level over many decades now, the story from other levels of government is one of achievement and innovation. Examples showcased to global leaders included the successful regional models of greenhouse alliances and regional organisations of councils; the ACT government's 100% renewable energy target for the whole territory (on target to be achieved by 2020) and Victoria's TAKE2 pledge program.
We'll continue to put on events to look into the data in more detail and discuss the findings. If you want to hear about these updates you really should have subscribed to our newsletter by now. Also those generous souls who responded to the original survey you will receive extra analysis.
Finally, you can also listen to a podcast of project directors, Imogen Jubb and Alexi Lynch, talk about the report on Beyond Zero Emissions Community Radio Show on 3CR from late April.
* From L-R: Steve Gawler, Regional Director, ICLEI Oceania, Melbourne, Australia; Cesar Carreño, Senior Project Officer, Low Carbon Team, ICLEI World Secreteriat, Bonn, Germany; Stephanie Ziersch, Director Communities and Climate Change, Sustainability Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; Alexi Lynch, Business Manager, Ironbark Sustainability, Melbourne, Australia; Geoffrey Rutledge, Deputy Director-General, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Australian Capital Territory Government, Canberra, Australia; Premila Chandra, Acting Senior Health Inspector, Nadi Town Council