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Council’s efforts to tackle Climate Change recognised with environmental award

18/11/2020

Georges River Council has achieved further recognition for its achievements in environmental sustainability, recently winning the “Renewable Energy” award in Keep Australia Beautiful NSW’s Sustainable Cities Awards.  

The prestigious awards, which have recognised significant projects in environmental sustainability since 1994, acknowledged Council for its actions and commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy in its operations by 2025, and the implementation of mitigation initiatives to progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

The award supports Council’s recent recognition at the Local Government NSW’s Excellence in Environment Awards 2020, where it received Highly Commended in the “Towards Net Zero Emissions” category.

Both accolades recognise Council’s achievements in reducing emissions, which include installing solar panels across Council facilities, incorporating electric vehicles into the Council fleet, joining the accelerated conversion of LED Street Lights Program with Ausgrid, developing financial instruments to secure funding such as the Revolving Energy Fund and embedding the concept of working towards net zero carbon in all Council departments.

The Cities Power Partnership Climate Awards 2020 also commended Council’s continued efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of the Georges River area, with Council recognised as a finalist under the “Climate Champion Award” category.

The award recognises a team of Council staff, comprising the Senior Sustainability Officer, Property and Assets Coordinator, and Fleet Coordinator, that collaborated to achieve a common goal of reducing Council’s carbon footprint through the implementation of mitigation initiatives.

Council has endorsed a target of net zero emissions and a 100% renewable energy operations by July 2025. Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene has commended Council staff for this recognition, and their dedication and passion in tackling Climate Change.

For more information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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