Shire joins WALGA Sustainable Energy Future

Published on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 at 1:11:00 PM

Shire of Mundaring has signed on to join an energy power purchase agreement (PPA) sourcing 100 per cent renewable energy to reduce emissions and costs.

Tendered by the Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA), the Shire will be one of 51 local governments to access aggregated energy for eligible high energy use sites from April 2022.

Shire of Mundaring President, James Martin, said the agreement would help to reduce the carbon emissions produced by the Shire, a key target in the Shire's Environmental Management Plan 2012 to 2022.

"The Shire has already committed to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions emitted from its operations," he said.

"We are committed to reducing our corporate emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, from its 2016/17 levels. This agreement is another step towards achieving that target.

"By joining other local governments we are proud to become a leader in sustainability and environmental management within the sector."

Under the agreement the Shire will access renewable energy produced at wind farms in Albany, Badgingarra and Merredin.

"Investing in GreenPower was an action identified under our Energy and Emissions Action Plan," Cr Martin said. "This now gives us the option to choose where the Shire's energy comes from and to reduce our footprint.

The project is set to deliver an estimated collective saving of $5 million per annum across all participating local governments.

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