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Climate change will impact on the lifestyle we lead. The potential impacts of climate change in the South West are broad and may involve:
- Increased coastal erosion and inundation leading to reduced access to the coast.
- Lower but more intense levels of rainfall threatening stormwater systems and causing floods.
- Changes in building heating and cooling costs.
- Increased likelihood of storm damage on public amenities.
- Loss of beach width.
- Changes in river flows and potential for more river mouth closures.
- Damage to coastal infrastructure.
- Installed a solar panel system on the Library to produce electricity.
- Purchase of hybrid vehicles, electric bike, and dedicated gas vehicles.
- Purchase of 20% accredited green power.
- Purchase of energy efficient office equipment.
- Use of energy efficient lighting and timers for water heating.
- TravelSmart: Targets employees commuting from home to work.
- A substantial tree planting programme of 15,000 trees that helps offset the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Tracking energy use, fleet use and greenhouse gas emissions through subscription to Planet Footprint.
- Council staff are encouraged to catch the train and stay at the only carbon neutral hotel in Melbourne.
- Solar bulk buy conducted in 2010 resulting in 400 people attending workshops and 150 solar panel systems installed to produce electricity.
- Community inventory investigation.
- Walking School Bus™: Encourages children to walk to school in organised groups.
- Ride to Work Day: Provided a healthy breakfast as part of the campaign by Bicycle Victoria to encourage people to ride to work.
- Bike Able Warrnambool: Encourages bicycles as transport.
- Wunta TravelSmart Bike Ride: Families took part in a ride along the foreshore and back through city streets to breakwater (10km ride).
Future greenhouse abatement actions
- Continue to educate Council staff on energy efficiency by implementing energy management project primarily relating to Council buildings.
- Continue to promote alternative transport to and from work.
- Allocation of appropriate staff time to the CCP programme.
- Reporting annual measures, this will gather information on greenhouse abatement actions highlighting the financial savings and investment.
- Continue to investigate better public transport options.
For more information please follow this link to www.climatechange.gov.au/en/climate-change.aspx