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Real Action needed on Climate Change

What our community wants
Real action to address climate change
Who can take action
Australian Government
Category
Environment
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Following Australia's pledged to reduce its emissions at a landmark Paris Agreement, Kingston Council joined hundreds of other councils across the world in declaring a climate and ecological emergency.  

In 2015, Australia and 194 other countries made a pledge to avert the dangers of climate change by taking action to limit global warming to well below 2°c  as part of the Paris Agreement at the United National Climate Change Conference.  This meant that Australia committed to reduce emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels, by 2030.

But we are yet to see real action from the Australian Government to make the change. By declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency, Council is recognising that climate change is already causing significant damage to the economy, society and environment and that urgent action is required to reverse current trends.

Kingston City Council adopted our Climate and Ecological Emergency Response Plan in July 2021. We understand that in order to meet our target and make a ‘fair’ contribution to the Paris Agreement, transformational change is needed.

Our ultimate target, as articulated in the plan, is net zero community emissions by 2030. Council’s own target for our corporate emissions is net zero by 2025.  Read more here

Our plan has a strong advocacy focus and recognises that while local action is essential, emissions reductions at this scale needed will require substantial contributions from businesses and industry (the most significant emission sources), as well as representative organisations and the state and federal government.

At a federal level, we need to see the following actions: 

  • Formation of a strong federal Climate Change Plan that funds renewable energy initiatives, creates a stable policy environment to provide certainty to the sector, and puts in place barriers to make use and investment in high-emission activities less viable.
  • Shifting away from coal, oil and gas in favour of renewable clean energy sources by providing funding for large-scale renewable projects, phasing out existing coal-fired power stations and ceasing approvals for new coal projects.
  • Increasing government investment in the Emissions Reduction Fund, which involves incentives for emissions reduction activities across the Australian economy
  • Continuing support for Australia’s energy sector to transition to a lower-emissions future by investing further in initiatives including: The Renewable Energy Target; The National Energy Productivity Plan; The Australian Renewable Energy Agency; and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
  • Advocating for removal of peak surge pricing for key industry and manufacturing sectors, as well as prioritising continuity of supply for vital economic activity.