Lane Cove Council has made the switch to 100% renewable energy!
All Council facilities and street lights are now powered by 100% renewable energy which includes The Canopy facility (excluding supermarkets).
The Canopy's car park lighting and associated services were already off-grid with power delivered by on-site solar panels. Now Council's remaining power supply for the site is sourced from GreenPower.
Last year Lane Cove Council, along with 24 other participating councils, signed one of the largest renewable energy deals for local government that sees participating councils' retail electricity supplied by three NSW solar farms.
The 'switch' came into effect on 1 July which means that all Council facilities in Lane Cove, including Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, are now powered by 100% renewable energy.
This, combined with Council's other energy savings and own solar power generation projects, decreases Council's emissions by 73%, a significant advance on our 80% reduction target set for 2036.
Council has budgeted to offset its vehicle fleet emissions, which pre-COVID amounted to 7.8% of Council's emissions. If these return to pre COVID levels as expected, Council will have achieved an 80% reduction in its emissions from operations. Even without the emissions offset, from 1 July, Council's emissions from operations will be reduced from 2% to 0.5% of the LGA's total emissions.
This target outperforms the NSW Government's net zero emissions target by 2050 as well as the Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020–2030, to achieve 35% emissions reduction in New South Wales by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels).
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