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Climate action for councils

Climate change is affecting communities across Australia and the globe. Local governments have a crucial role in reducing emissions to mitigate the impacts of climate change for their communities. 

By reducing emissions, local councils can help to increase the resilience of their communities and act as a catalyst for NSW to meet its net zero emissions goals. 

The role of councils 

NSW councils play a key role in the shift to net zero emissions as leaders, place makers and through their connection to local communities. Local councils can reduce emissions across their own operations and through the essential services they provide to residents and businesses such as waste management, transport, planning and infrastructure. 

Councils can access a range of guides, tools and opportunities to support all stages of the net zero journey. Many councils across NSW are already taking action to set emissions targets and strategies to reduce their emissions.  

The NSW Government’s Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 outlines the State’s plan to take action on climate change to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Local councils and authorities are key partners to achieve this goal, through their local knowledge, leadership and connections to local communities.