City of Lake Macquarie Council
Australia

Population: 189006
Area of jurisdiction: 648 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
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Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
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Government GHG Emissions
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Mitigation actions

Council Vehicle Fleet Fuel Savings
An overall decrease in fuel burn equated to a 210 metric ton decrease in carbon emissions. Initiatives included: continued use of an in-line diesel fuel filtration system (to improve fuel quality and minimize consumption); fleet evaluation resulting in the implementation of a 100% four-cylinder light commercial fleet, a passenger fleet with four-cylinder vehicles accounting for 81% and hybrid vehicles representing 10%; the trial of an electric vehicle and installation of the Hunter region’s first public electric vehicle charge point at Council’s Customer Service Center; and the replacement of 24 trucks (20% of the truck fleet) with the new Euro V compliant engines Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Solar Photovoltaic Installations
15,538,500 (private investment) In 2008, Council established targets to reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 3% per annum (p.a.) and to facilitate a reduction of city-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 3% per capita p.a. During the 12-month period, Council installed 39.52 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic across three sites, including the Council’s Works Depot, Charlestown Library, and the Headquarters of the State Emergency Service. The solar photovoltaic installations have made Council more resilient to rising energy prices, and saves Council $12,750.00 p.a. while also reducing its carbon footprint by 62 metric tons (t) of equivalent carbon dioxide emissions (CO2 e)/p.a. In March 2011-March 2012, the Lake Macquarie local government area recorded residential solar photovoltaic capacity at 4.4 megawatts, an estimated savings of US$ 1.2 million p.a. while reducing the city’s carbon footprint by an estimated 6,800t CO2 e/pa. Start year 2010
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Climate Change Fund Rebates
The New South Wales (NSW) State Government Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Climate Change Fund provided rebates for rainwater tanks, climate-friendly hot water systems, ceiling insulation, water-efficient washing machines, and dual-flush toilets. Lake Macquarie City rated first in NSW for total uptake of Climate Change Fund rebates with 14,363 rebates (ranking first for uptake of both hot water systems and dual-flush toilets, and ranked second for uptake of insulation). Residents also received support from Hunter Water for showerhead exchanges, OEH for Fridge Buyback Scheme, and OEH and the Federal Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency for solar photovoltaic installations. Start year  
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Adaptation actions

Lake Macquarie Waterway Flooding and Tidal Inundation Policy
This policy complements Council polices regarding flood-prone land and replaces the 2009 Sea Level Rise Preparedness Adaptation Policy to identify and respond to emerging sea level rise hazards and risks to foreshore properties. Council continues to undertake flood studies, floodplain risk management studies and plans for major catchment areas in the City, has also reviewed its current flood information dissemination practices, and is implementing improvements in its flood information management system. Start year 2012
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Lake Macquarie Coastal Hazard Study
To update an earlier 1996 study, Council completed this study of coastal hazards in Lake Macquarie City and incorporated the NSW Government’s sea level rise benchmarks: a rise of 0.4m by 2050 and 0.9m by 2100. The study includes a risk assessment, and used a more sophisticated model to predict the effects of underlying foreshore recession, storm cut, beach rotation, and other coastal processes. It also provides a suite of management actions to be considered for inclusion in the draft Lake Macquarie Coastal Zone Management Plan Start year  
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Assessment/Research
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Lake Macquarie Waterway Flood Risk Management Study and Plan
The effects of sea level rise on lake flooding and foreshore inundation were estimated using computer modeling calibrated against recorded flood events. Planning to manage increased flood risk in 2050 and 2100 was based on maintaining current risk threshold of the 1-in-100 year average recurrence interval flood level. The study covers a majority of land and settlements in the City likely to be affected by sea level rise to 2100. It sets out management measures to ensure there is no increase in risk to people and property from flooding and permanent tidal inundation, and ascertained through sensitivity testing that other possible climate changes (including increased storm surge and rainfall) were not considered significant when compared to the impact of sea level rise. Start year 2011
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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