By no later than 2030, City of Newcastle will reach Net Zero Emissions for its operations.
By 2025 City of Newcastle will aim for:
- A 20% reduction in electricity use, based on FY2019/20 consumption
- 100% of all installed lighting to be LED or best practice equivalent
- A 50% reduction in liquid fuel use, based on FY2019/20 consumption
- A 50% reduction in carbon emissions for Operations.
We’re using and demonstrating new and emerging technologies and policies to lead the way for the Newcastle community to improve sustainability in their own operations. We have a commitment to innovation and using technology to solve environmental issues in our local community.
Our Net Zero Emissions Pathway is based on scientific research and previous achievements, so that it is detailed and achievable and also in line with the urgent action recommended by scientists.
Many City of Newcastle facilities and operations cause greenhouse gas emissions, but achieving net zero emissions is both technologically and economically feasible. It will take a sustained, strategic approach to ensure that emissions are reduced collectively, without increasing our ecological footprint in other areas.
Pathway to Net Zero Operational Emissions
We are also committed to contributing towards achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have adopted the SDGs and New Urban Agenda as cornerstones for our planning. Read more about our Commitment to Sustainability.
For further information on the Climate Action initiatives please contact us.
The second part of the Newcastle Climate Action Plan (2021-2025) is focused on how Newcastle as a whole, can track towards Net Zero Emissions in a practical and efficient way. It is also focused on taking advantage of the considerable economic opportunities that arise from a clean energy and low-emissions industry landscape.
City of Newcastle can address areas such as electricity and transport use where decarbonisation is already achievable, while beginning the groundwork and supporting emerging areas such as renewable hydrogen and zero-emission industries. This will pave the way for a resilient and thriving Net Zero Emission City.
We also have an important role to play in demonstrating how to operate more sustainably, share knowledge, enable action, and encourage innovation and new industries. We will achieve this by working collaboratively with other levels of government, business, industry and advocacy groups to ensure a managed transition that supports the community along the way and provides new and meaningful opportunities for work.
Objective: To create a resilient city that reduces its share of emissions to ensure a cleaner and more sustainable future.
City Aspirational Goals for 2025
- 30% reduction in city-wide emissions
- 30% reduction in average daily electricity consumption
- 10,000 registered electric vehicles
- 100MW of new renewable generation capacity
- 500GWh of new Renewable Power Purchase Agreements
- Secure commitment from 20 of the Largest Newcastle Businesses to target Net Zero Emissions no later than 2030
- 1 MW of new community renewable energy projects
- And targeting Net Zero Emissions from Electricity 2030.
Like our plan for reducing operational emissions, the practical actions for community emission reduction sit under a number of key themes, including:
- Low Emissions Development
- Encouraging Clean Technology
- Building a Low Carbon Circular Economy
- Supporting an Electric Transport Future