Local Labor has today released the most ambitious environment and renewable energy policy in the history of local government in NSW.
National environmental leaders the Nature Conservation Council and 350.org as well as Inner West renewable energy advocates have come together to endorse the policy and highlight the need for the Inner West to take the lead in combating climate change.
Our plan will see the Inner West Council become the leading local government in the NSW in divestment from fossil fuels, investment in renewable energy, the elimination of waste and caring for our waterways.
This is a practical plan which will vastly improve our local environment and see the Inner West leading the nation in developing renewable energy.
Our commitments include:
1. Leading the Inner West Council to be the most divested from fossil fuels of any Council in NSW by achieving 70 per cent divestment in 2018 and 100 per cent divestment in the future.
2. Making Inner West Council 100 per cent carbon neutral by 2023 and systematically retrofitting all Council premises with solar photovoltaic panels.
3. Opening a new Office of Renewable Energy Innovation (REI) to unleash the potential for solar and renewables on local apartment blocks and businesses and other community solar projects.
4. Committing to Council becoming waste free by 2030 as well as immediately expanding food waste recycling and acting to make our community plastic bag, bottle, and disposable coffee cup free.
5. Making the Iron Cove Catchment of the Parramatta River swimmable, increasing support for the Cooks River Alliance and installing gross pollutant traps on all stormwater drains in the local government area.