Draft Climate Change Mitigation Action Plan

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Council has developed a Draft Climate Change Mitigation Plan 2020-2022 in a commitment to reduce emissions from Council operations and for the City of Wollongong to move towards becoming a low emissions city.

In 2019 Council unanimously adopted targets of net zero emissions by 2030 for Council operations and net zero emissions by 2050 for the City of Wollongong.

The actions in this Plan either directly reduce Council’s own emissions or are actions to support the community to reduce their emissions. The Plan focuses on establishing partnerships, undertaking research and pilot projects within the community, and implementing key projects to reduce Council’s emissions over the next two years.

This Plan is our first of many steps to reduce emissions - to find out more read the draft Plan and FAQs.

Our online Q and A will be available until 31st July for you to ask questions.

This Plan focuses on climate change mitigation only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A separate ‘Adaptation’ plan will be prepared to address adapting to any unavoidable impacts of climate change as they occur.

How to share your thoughts:

If you’re Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service. If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131450. You’ll need to provide our phone number 02 4227 7111 for either service.

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Feedback closes 12 August 2020


Council has developed a Draft Climate Change Mitigation Plan 2020-2022 in a commitment to reduce emissions from Council operations and for the City of Wollongong to move towards becoming a low emissions city.

In 2019 Council unanimously adopted targets of net zero emissions by 2030 for Council operations and net zero emissions by 2050 for the City of Wollongong.

The actions in this Plan either directly reduce Council’s own emissions or are actions to support the community to reduce their emissions. The Plan focuses on establishing partnerships, undertaking research and pilot projects within the community, and implementing key projects to reduce Council’s emissions over the next two years.

This Plan is our first of many steps to reduce emissions - to find out more read the draft Plan and FAQs.

Our online Q and A will be available until 31st July for you to ask questions.

This Plan focuses on climate change mitigation only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A separate ‘Adaptation’ plan will be prepared to address adapting to any unavoidable impacts of climate change as they occur.

How to share your thoughts:

If you’re Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service. If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131450. You’ll need to provide our phone number 02 4227 7111 for either service.

Please read Council's Privacy Notification before submitting your feedback.

Feedback closes 12 August 2020


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    Does the emission budget include the fossil fuels we export from port kembla

    YaelStone asked 3 months ago

    As Council is a signatory to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, Council is required to develop an emissions profile compliant with the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC).  GPC reporting requirements state that the emissions from the use of the fossil fuel is accounted for in the City of use not of production.

    In compliance with GPCs basic levels of GHG emissions accounting, the community emissions profile using the GPC BASICs method include inclusion of emissions for the following sources and scopes:

    • All Scope  1 emissions from stationary energy sources 
    • All Scope 1 emissions from transportation sources
    • All scope 1 emissions from waste sources
    • All scope 2 emissions from stationary energy sources and transportation
    • Scope 2 emissions from treatment of exported waste


    International shipping has not been included in the profile as this emission source is not included in the GPC BASICS profiles. It is not included even within national emission profiles.

    The emissions from energy consumption from all sectors of the community (which includes the energy consumed by industries in Port Kembla as part of their operations) are included in our inventory, which Is 78% of our emissions. Approximately 72% of emissions are from industry. The coal extracted in this region is of coking coal quality, which is not used for energy generation and only has a thermal component of less than 5% . Coking coal doesn’t have the emissions coefficient of thermal coal. As per the GPC accounting system anything with a thermal component of less than 10% is not included in the emissions accounting process.

    Global carbon reporting requirements state that the emissions from the use of the fossil fuel is accounted for in the City of use not of production. With this in mind emissions from coal that is exported are accounted at the place where the coal is used to produce energy, not where it is harvested or dispatched from.