Most councils generate an operational strategy to lead by example and gain knowledge and experience before generating their community strategy. A net zero emissions strategy will always be unique to place but does have universal steps that can be followed by all councils.
Universal steps to developing a net zero emissions strategy
- Engage your stakeholders: Develop your net zero strategy in consultation with relevant council staff, local businesses and the community.
- Get to know your emissions profile: An emissions profile (also known as an inventory) identifies and quantifies the key sources of greenhouse gas emissions attributable to your specific Council/LGA boundary.
- Identify emissions reductions pathways: Analyse the drivers of emissions within your emissions profile. Identify opportunities to make the biggest impact on emissions.
- Establish a target: Set interim and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets to drive action and momentum. Align your net zero emissions target with the NSW Government target of 35% reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.
- Develop and implement your emissions reduction strategy: A clearly defined strategy outlining what emission reduction actions will be undertaken, how to implement your emissions pathway and achieve your established target.
- Monitor and track your progress: Monitor and track the progress of your net zero emissions strategy against targets and milestones. Report on progress through your website or public-reporting platforms to share successes with others.
A guide has been produced for councils which elaborates on the above steps, provides an overview of key concepts and a process that can be followed to develop a community net zero strategy.
Download the guide: Net Zero Emissions Guidance for NSW Councils (PDF 1.6MB)
Taking action on emissions
Understanding your emissions profile is fundamental in generating a net zero strategy. An emissions profile or inventory details the sources of emissions for your council or Local Government Area (LGA) and helps to prioritise the actions that need to occur to achieve net zero emissions.
Common emission sources and our initiatives
Common emissions sources for local councils and their communities can include: