Carbon Neutral Policy
The adoption of the Carbon Neutral Policy in 2016 committed Mornington Peninsula Shire to operate with zero net emissions by 2021 and become certified as carbon neutral under the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard (formerly known as the National Carbon Offset Standard).
In October 2021 we received Carbon Neutral certification under the standard.
The Carbon Neutral Policy sets out how the Shire manages greenhouse gas emissions. The policy ensures the Shire will:
Develop a greenhouse gas emissions inventory each year;
Avoid creating unnecessary emissions;
Determine and implement the best value actions to reduce emissions, before and after achieving Climate Active certification; and
Offset residual emissions.
This complements the range of policies, strategies and plans currently in place that address climate change and the built environment, including the Climate Emergency Plan.