The Council will consult residents on how the Ku-ring-gai community can achieve zero greenhouse emissions by the year 2040.

Last year the Council updated its Climate Change Policy and adopted an action plan to help Ku-ring-gai become a Net Zero Community.

Net Zero Communities sees Ku-ring-gai join a movement of governments, businesses and communities across Australia which are embracing local solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy, transport and waste solutions.

The Council’s action plan will help residents, schools and businesses achieve zero emissions by 2040 through energy efficiency and renewable energy options.

The plan introduces community-wide targets and for the Council, increased efforts to reduce emissions through fleet vehicles, street lights and buildings.

The Council’s targets are:

·        Net zero emissions by 2040, or earlier and a 50% reduction by 2030

·        Achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030 or earlier

·        A 100% reduction in fleet vehicle emissions by 2040.

As a first step to help the community achieve similar goals, the Council is surveying residents to find out what would make them take action to cut their emissions and what barriers stand in their way.

Options to help residents include cheaper green energy, innovative waste solutions, smarter transport and financial incentives.

Council are inviting residents, schools and members of the business community to join the discussion through an online survey or in person at a Net Zero Communities evening in May.

For more information about Ku-ring-gai as a Net Zero Community and to register for the events visit https://oursay.org/netzero

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