Council takes action on learnings

Published on 15 March 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire continues its commitment towards Carbon Neutrality and is trialling electric vehicles for potential inclusion in its fleet.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said Council is “taking action to ensure a better future for the peninsula.

“Electric vehicles can have zero tailpipe emissions when powered by renewable energy and will be considered in our efforts to lead the way on tackling the climate change challenge”.

Following the one-week trial and assessment of related carbon emission reductions, Councillors and Shire officers will provide feedback followed by a briefing on electric vehicles to Council.

The trial adds to the Shire’s list of actions to avoid and minimise generating carbon emissions from Shire operations, such as the replacement of more than 10,000 street lights to LED globes, development of a Carbon Neutral Policy, and consolidation of waste services.

Shire delegates have met with local and international representatives to share information and ideas on advancements in the areas of Alternative Waste Technology; Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience; Fire, Cyclone and Flood Disaster Management and Recovery, to bring back knowledge and learnings to apply on the peninsula.

“It’s important we continue to learn from our peers and join other local government delegates to foster and strengthen the exchange of information and experience,” said Cr Payne.

A presentation of the experiences and learnings from the Shire’s recent study tours was made at the Community Council Meeting on 27 February.

PICTURE CAPTION:  Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne with the electric vehicles being trialled by the Shire.