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Solar panels on the roof of the Knox Civic Centre

Climate Response

In 2001, Knox City Council formally committed to reducing its greenhouse emissions by joining an international campaign called Cities for Climate Protection (CCP). 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. The reduction target was achieved by 2007.

In 2012, Council adopted the Climate Change Response Plan to continue to work towards both mitigating and adapting to Climate Change.

Key measures carried out by Council include:

  • The establishment of a Revolving Energy Fund that reinvests the savings from energy reduction projects towards future projects;
  • Installation of Solar Panels on a number of Council facilities;
  • Improve the energy efficiency of community facilities such as child care centres and preschools;
  • Played a key role in developing partnerships with neighbouring Councils to form the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action;
  • Introduction of a Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure Policy to improve environmental performance of buildings and infrastructure;
  • Replacement of 10,600 streetlights with LED street lights and reducing energy use by over 75%;
  • Purchase of three Electric Vehicles for the Council Fleet; and
  • Install Knox's first public electric vehicle charging station at Knox Civic Centre.

In light of significant community support in late 2019, Council reaffirmed its commitment to Climate Change action and unanimously supported a motion to take urgent action by developing a Climate Response Plan in 2020.

For more information or related resources, please refer to the web pages below.

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