Tackling climate change together

Council has adopted our new Climate Action Plan (CAP), paving the way forward for the next 10 years by setting out how we will respond to climate change together with our community.

The CAP and supporting Implementation Plan were adopted unanimously on 27 September.

We have heard loud and clear that environmental sustainability is an important issue for our community. We recognise the global movement towards zero emissions and agree Boroondara should be part of this movement. Our vision is that everyone who lives, works and plays in Boroondara will come together to achieve our collective goals outlined in the CAP.

A declaration of a climate emergency was also recently passed by Council, in acknowledgement of our community’s strong desire to take action on climate change. For the purposes of Boroondara a climate emergency is defined by reference to the Climate Action Plan implementation measures.

The CAP has been shaped by our community throughout its development, and we look forward to continuing to support you all in reducing our City’s environmental footprint.

Sun shining through the branches of a tree.
A streetscape illustration with Council's targets: Council is net carbon neutral by 2022. 90% Council actual emission reduction by 2030. 100% Council actual emission by 2040.

To support the achievement of these targets, by 2030 we will:

  • Install an additional 1MW (megawatt) of solar PV across Council buildings
  • Collect 65ML (megalitres) of water from alternative sources per year
  • Increase the number of street trees from 66,000 to 80,000
  • Increase the land managed for biodiversity from 51 hectares to 61 hectares
  • Reduce the number of Council buildings that use gas by 50%
  • Make sure our Council vehicles are 90% electric (or other low-emission options).
Streetscape illustration with our community's inspirational targets: Boroondara is net carbon neutral by 2035. 60% Boroondara net emission reduction by 2030. 100% Boroondara actual emission reduction by 2040.

To support the community in achieving these targets, we will action the following before 2030:

  • Support the installation of more 50,000 kw solar PV by tripling the number of buildings with solar energy systems
  • Support residents and schools to plant 50,000 new native plants, including 10,000 trees
  • Help increase the tree cover in Boroondara from 28% to 30%
  • Make sure there is access to electric vehicle (EV) charging within 2km of all activity centres
  • Provide sustainability workshops and education opportunities for 3,000 people each year
  • Encourage the community to only use 130 litres of water per person per day
  • Help you to divert at least 80% of waste from landfill.

To learn more, visit Climate Action Plan or call (03) 9278 4444.