Climate Emergency and related Council resolutions
On 28 May 2019, the City of Ryde passed a resolution acknowledging that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation and other species; and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies, including local councils, take emergency action.
On 28 November 2017, the City of Ryde passed a motion to divest from fossil fuel aligned investments in our council portfolio and are currently at 26.9% as at 31 Oct 2020 of our total portfolio.
On 14 April 2020, the City of Ryde adopted an 100% Renewable Energy Target (RET) for all of Council’s electricity using assets by 30 June 2030. In support of the RET, Resource Efficiency Targets for certain categories of new buildings, equipment and appliance were also adopted.
What has Council done already?
Some of the steps which Council has already undertaken to move towards Net Zero Emissions for the Community include:
Some of the steps which Council has already undertaken to move towards Net Zero Emissions for its own operations include:
Working in partnership with others
The City of Ryde is also a member of the Cities Power Partnership. The Cities Power Partnership is a network of 70 local governments that pledge to introduce clean energy technology, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and other climate solutions to their respective local communities. The Cities Power Partnership has recently prepared a report Clean jobs for communities: How local governments can create sustainable, strong economies showing how local governments can deliver and advocate for opportunities to ensure an economic recovery that empowers communities and creates a sustainable and prosperous future.
Council also participated in SSROC’s renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) together with 18 other Councils. This PPA will supply Council’s large electricity sites with around 20% of their energy load as renewable energy from the Moree Solar Farm project, with the balance of their retail electricity needs being supplied as regular grid electricity.
Development of a Net Zero Emissions Pathway for City of Ryde
Council is currently developing Net Zero Emission Pathway to further its commitment to reduce emissions, climate change impacts and plan for a sustainable future. This is being developed in accordance with the NSW Government’s goal for Net Zero Emissions by 2050, the Greater Sydney Commission’s North District Plan, City of Ryde’s Local Strategic Planning Statement and Council's climate emergency declaration.
Click on the below link for further information and details regarding a survey which is open for public consultation between 11 November and 9 December 2020.