Our Changing Climate
It’s well accepted around the world that climate change is a critical issue that carries implications for generations to come. For the City of Mitcham this means a general warming and drying trend. Identified impacts of these changes include:
- Higher temperatures – including more extremely hot days and heat waves
- More frequent very high and extreme fire danger days
- Decreased flows in water supply catchments (including the Murray-Darling)
- Increased flood risk placing pressure on stormwater infrastructure
- Shifts in conditions affecting viability of native plants and animals
For more detailed information about Australia’s future climate visit the CSIRO website and the Bureau of Metrology State of the Climate 2020 report.
In October 2019 City of Mitcham declared a climate emergency, reflecting Council's ambition to provide leadership for our community in addressing the unprecedented threat of climate change.
Following this declaration the City of Mitcham has undertaken a range of projects that have made significant reductions to our greenhouse gas emissions. This has been demonstrated through energy efficiency upgrades to corporate facilities, installation of solar panels on key Council sites and the upgrade of Mitcham’s residential streetlights to LED technology. While this reduction is a step in the right direction, Council understands that more can be done to adapt to the changing climate and mitigate its effects.
A sustainable and resilient future
Transitioning rapidly to renewable energy, restoring our environment, improving our energy efficiency and upgrading transport are goals that can be implemented at a national, state and local level to create positive outcomes for the future. At a Council meeting on 27 October 2020 Councillors made a commitment to five pledges as part of its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
- Purchase 100% of Council’s energy from renewable sources by 2030
- Change all streetlights to energy efficient technology by 2030
- Fund an ambitious and accelerated transition towards Council’s fleet being fully renewables powered by 2030
- Set targets and fund programs to reduce waste to landfill by 75% both for Council’s commercial and domestic waste streams by 2030
- Adopt sustainable procurement and policies by October 2022 to prioritise low emission products and services and incorporate zero emission design into all new Council buildings
Council also aims to assist the City of Mitcham community in mitigating and responding to climate change by funding programs and/or infrastructure to:
- Promote and accelerate a community renewable energy transition
- Continue building community capacity towards net zero emissions and climate resilience
- Transition toward renewables powered transportation
- Assist residents in behaviour change education
- Assist residents in designing new low energy buildings
These pledges and community commitments represent Council’s continued drive to take an active role in response to our changing climate. Council will engage and respond to new research, technology and events as they emerge to ensure that we are taking meaningful action in response to this global challenge.
Learn more about our response to climate change across the following pages.
Providing leadership and building strategic partnerships in order to take a systemic response to climate change in our region, including participation in Resilient South and the Climate Power Partnership.
Taking an active role within our operations by undertaking projects across our assets and environment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and create a more sustainable and resilient environment.