Action plan to guide energy saving initiatives

City of Karratha Councilors have endorsed the development of an Energy Efficiency Action Plan to drive down greenhouse gas emissions and electricity costs.

The Plan will provide a framework for the City to monitor and benchmark energy use and guide efficiency measures that are environmentally sustainable, reliable and affordable.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Plan would build on already implemented measures such as the Airport Solar Farm which will supply up to 40% of the Airport’s power annually, equivalent to 22 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

“The City is already doing some really good work to reduce energy consumption but this is not currently being captured in any strategic planning documents,” Cr Long said.

“It is envisaged that the Energy Efficiency Action Plan will be used as a basis for setting strategic goals and providing a framework for monitoring and reporting energy efficiency initiatives, the savings they are making on electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and the City’s performance against reduction targets.”

The preparation of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan is guided by the Council’s Environment and Sustainability Advisory Group and is due for completion and Council endorsement by June 2017.