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Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Emissions

In 2001, Knox City Council formally committed to reducing its greenhouse emissions by joining an international campaign called Cities for Climate Protection (CCP). The CCP framework saw well over 200 Councils across Australia taking strong action to reduce emissions. Knox adopted the Knox Greenhouse Action Plan 2003 - 2010 and committed to a reduction in its corporate greenhouse emissions of 30% below 1998/99 levels by 2010. The Plan helped provide a roadmap for Council to systematically address its greenhouse footprint. Measures carried out by Council to date include:

  • The establishment of a Revolving Energy Fund that reinvests the savings from energy reduction projects for future projects;
  • Significant funding towards the reduction of energy use in key Council owned buildings and Streetlights;
  • Played a key role in developing partnerships with neighbouring Councils to form a Greenhouse Alliance;
  • Introduction of a Sustainable Buildings Policy to improve environmental performance of buildings; and
  • Increasing the purchase of accredited Green Power to offset the emissions from street lights.

Through the implementation of the above measures, Council had achieved its corporate target by 2007. Council has adopted the Climate Change Response Plan in 2012 to continue working towards both mitigating and adapting to Climate Change.

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