Energy and Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (FAR) (IPCC 2007) states that the warming of the climate system is now “unequivocal”, and is “evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level”. It is also likely that despite current mitigation policies and related sustainable developments, the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will continue to increase over the next few decades. As a result, the global climate system will very likely see changes that exceed those observed over the past century.
Over the coming decades, South Australia is likely to experience continued increases in average temperature, changes in rainfall (likely reductions in winter and spring), an increase in daily rainfall intensity but longer dry spells between rainfall events, an increase in evapotranspiration (the combined effects of evaporation and plant transpiration), an increase in very hot days and nights, a reduction in the frequency of frosts and a likely increase in the number of extreme fire danger days (Suppiah, Preston et.al. 2006). (Cited in ‘Gap Identification Report of the climate change impacts in the Murray-Darling region of SA’)
These impacts are likely to occur in the Mount Barker district and Council is committed to ensuring the District is ready for the changes ahead and that actions to reduce emissions are at the forefront of planning and action.
What is Council doing to address climate change?
Council is tackling Climate Change by:
- Educating our community about climate change and what to do
- Planning for water conservation and reuse
- Monitoring and reducing our energy consumption where possible - from our buildings, fleet and through our procurement policies and procedures
- Creating a climate resilient open space network by the use of appropriate species and by increasing the tree canopy cover through an extensive tree planting program
- Endorsing a climate change action plan (adaptation and mitigation)
- Joining the Cities Power Partnership (see further information below)
Resilient Hills and Coast Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the region.
Council has collaborated with regional partners to develop a Climat Change Adaptation Plan for the region. Climate change will impact on the region and the plan will help inform Council's and others response.
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Cities Power Partnership
Council together with other councils across Australia have joined Cities Power Partnership (a free national program created by the Climate Council) to slash greenhouse gas pollution and tackle worsening climate change.
Councils taking part in the Cities Power Partnership pledge to take five actions across renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and working together to tackle climate change.
The five actions our Council has pledged are:
- Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy - both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.
- Install renewable energy on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices
- Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality
- Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses
- Implement an education and behaviour change program to influence the behaviour of council officers, local energy efficiency and sustainable transport
To find out more about the Cities Power Partnership visit https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/category/cities-power-partnership/