Net Zero Emissions 2050 Community roadmap adopted by Council
Published: 23 Nov 2023 1:42pm
The Wagga Wagga Net Zero Emissions (NZE) Community 2050 Roadmap has now been adopted by Council after the 20 November Ordinary Council Meeting.
The draft Roadmap was endorsed by Council to go on public exhibition earlier this year, with the exhibition period wrapping up on 22 September 2023.
Council Strategic Sustainability Advisor Carly Hood said Council was pleased with the level of engagement and feedback that was received by community members and a report including all the submissions was presented to Council at the meeting.
“The roadmap involved numerous phases of public consultation and exhibition at a local level,” Ms Hood said.
“In the initial community consultation phase to develop the draft Roadmap Council received feedback from a total of 180 people including many detailed suggestions and comments.”
After the draft Roadmap was placed on public exhibition, Council was able to collect a wide range of feedback from community members, with a total of 121 submissions received.
“The purpose of the Roadmap is to support and empower our community to reach 50 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” Ms Hood said.
The goal of net zero refers to reaching an equal balance between the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere and the amount that is absorbed.
The Roadmap is not a prescriptive, detailed document, but instead encourages our community to engage in as many pathways as possible which is realistic and relevant for each circumstance, and may change over time.
“Net zero is a goal that can only be achieved by the collective efforts of everyone, including individual households, business, industry and all levels of government.
“Council will continue to work and liaise with the Community Net Zero Forum to capture data from the local community on work being done to reduce emissions. The forum includes a mix of residents, businesses, industry groups and government agencies.
“Council will also undertake community surveys periodically to determine how well the wider community is understanding the issue and if the information and education from the Roadmap is helping them to take positive climate action.”
To read the published Roadmap visit the page below: