Environmental initiatives

Climate Action Plan

Coun­cil has active­ly pur­sued expand­ing solar-ener­gy capac­i­ty across all Coun­cil facil­i­ties. Ear­li­er in 2018, Coun­cil installed its first-ever ground-mount­ed, large-scale solar array at the Alice Springs Aquat­ic and Leisure Cen­tre. The 175kW solar PV sys­tem pro­duces up to 285MWh elec­tric­i­ty annu­al­ly, for the facil­i­ty to use. This and oth­er ini­tia­tives bring the total solar capac­i­ty at Coun­cil facil­i­ties to over 575kW, putting Coun­cil well on tar­get to meet its strate­gic objec­tive to become a leader in sustainability.

In Jan­u­ary 2019 Alice Springs Town Coun­cil endorsed a Cli­mate Action Plan for the town. The Cli­mate Action Plan 2018- 2021 pro­vides the Alice Springs Town Coun­cil, and the broad­er com­mu­ni­ty with a guid­ing doc­u­ment and prin­ci­ples for the mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion of Cli­mate Change, sup­port­ing a strate­gic approach for­ward. This plan was devel­oped by indus­try experts in con­sul­ta­tion with the community.

The Cli­mate Action Plan is designed to pro­vide the broad­er com­mu­ni­ty with a guid­ing doc­u­ment and prin­ci­ples for the mit­i­ga­tion and adap­tion of Cli­mate Change. This Plan is about the future of our town – Coun­cil aims to become a leader in adapt­ing, mit­i­gat­ing and plan­ning for cli­mate change, and in doing so aims to pro­vide guid­ance and inspi­ra­tion to the broad­er community. 

The Cli­mate Action Plan 2018 – 2021 includes an emis­sions reduc­tion tar­get of 30% on 2016 lev­els by 2021. To achieve this tar­get, Coun­cil is ded­i­cat­ed to fol­low­ing its actions put for­ward in the Plan.