Climate action collaboration received partnership award
by Brighton Council
At the recent Local Government Professional Awards, southern Tasmanian councils were acknowledged as proactively working together on climate change action as part of the Regional Climate Change Initiative (RCCI), through the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority (STCA).
The STCA is a joint authority where councils work together on issues that impact the region to find improved solutions across municipal boundaries.
The Partnership and Collaboration Award, sponsored by JLT Public sector, celebrated the groups work on climate change initiatives over the past decade – Brighton, Clarence, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Southern Midlands, Sorell and Tasman councils.
The RCCI works on challenges in the following mitigation and adaptation areas:
- Climate change science – Providing regional and municipal climate profiles informed by the Antarctic Climate Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, available on each council’s website.
- Emission reductions – Providing Regional Community Carbon Emissions profiles to each council to show emissions sources locally, trends in energy use and new technologies such as electric vehicles and rooftop solar take up. In addition, developed Corporate Energy Greenhouse Gas profiles as a foundation for councils to better manage energy assets, find bill savings and develop a pathway towards zero emissions.
- Responding to the impacts of climate change – developed Southern Regional Climate Change Strategy and council climate action plan templates to incorporate mitigation and adaptation action progress and developed the Regional Strategy – Adapting to a Changing Coastline in Tasmania 2022, to guide coordinated and consistent coastal adaptation planning through a set of principles across southern Tasmanian councils.
- Previously have organised bulk buys for energy efficiency products and climate change communication material as well as the Home Energy Audit Toolkits, currently available from each council
For further information see the STCA’s website at: www.stca.tas.gov.au/rcci
On the same evening Brighton Council was also honoured to receive the Local Government Professionals Award for Environmental Leadership and Sustainability (sponsored by Regional Development Australia) for the successful introduction of our FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) Service and Waste Wise Education program.