Milestone 1: Prepare an Emission Inventory and Estimate Emission Growth
At this stage a baseline year is set and data relating to emissions for that year is gathered for Council as a corporate entity and community as a whole.
Council operations that may be audited for energy consumption, cost & production of emissions include:
- Street and public lighting such as at public toilets, parks and water fountains.
- Landfill sites – the organic matter entering landfills decomposes to create greenhouse gases.
- Fleet vehicles and plant – the types and amounts of fuels used by all council plant from heavy machinery to mowers and cement mixers.
- Water and sewerage plants
- Council operated buildings and amenities such as caravan parks, swimming pools, libraries and theatres
Similar data about the community is gathered usually through information provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
This data, along with predicted population changes and subsequent changes in energy use and waste generation, is used to forecast the likely changes in greenhouse gas emissions if there are no interventions imposed.
The data also provides a baseline from which future changes in emission levels and/or financial gains resulting from actions that may be adopted, can be measured.
This is the Milestone which Burdekin Shire Council has completed.
Milestone 2: Establish an Emission Reduction Goal
From the data obtained in Milestone 1, Council will then be able to commit to an emission reduction target. The CCP™ program encourages a corporate reduction goal of 20% within 10 years, a target which has proven to be achievable by councils that have recently completed Milestone 5.
Milestone 3: Developing a Local Action Plan (LAP)
The LAP documents the methods and projects that Council will implement to achieve its goal. The LAP can be linked to such things as the existing corporate plan or fleet management plan. Innovative and alternative ideas for the development of the LAP may be sought through community consultation and comment.
Milestone 4: Implementing the Local Action Plan
This Milestone is the culmination of the processes undertaken in the previous three Milestones. The main focus of action has been on council corporate actions as these can be readily identified, measured and recorded. However regional networks are encouraged so as to develop and broaden community abatement actions.
Milestone 5: Monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Local Action Plan
Milestone 5 involves the undertaking of a “re-inventory” and continual monitoring and formal reporting. In this way, councils can stay on track, identify whether they are likely to achieve their targets and develop and implement alternative plans and methodologies if necessary.
Into the Future………….
Australian councils have been among the most active participants of any country in the CCP™ campaign. They have demonstrated many positive outcomes in greenhouse gas abatement with the result that CCP™ Australia is now extending the program beyond Milestone 5.
CCP™ Plus has been developed to assist the evolvement and implementation of further sustainable greenhouse gas abatement strategies by councils. Rather that confine the program to council corporate level, CCP™ Plus will help to create opportunities for a greater exchange of ideas and knowledge between communities on regional, national and international levels.