Carbon neutrality refers to when the net
carbon emissions associated with an organisation are equal to zero
through the acquisition and cancellation of carbon offsets that meet
stringent criteria. On 1 July 2012, former Leichhardt Council became the second in NSW to become carbon neutral. Read about it more in the sections below.
The former Leichhardt Council has been responding to climate change for many years. In 2012 Leichhardt Council became the second in NSW to become carbon neutral.
The former Leichhardt Council signed up to the National Carbon Offsets Standard Carbon Neutral Program established by the Federal government to provide certification of carbon neutral organisations and products. Council became carbon neutral on 1 July 2012 and achieved carbon neutral certification for the 2012-13 financial year in July 2013.
The former Leichhardt Council maintained its carbon neutral status and was certified for the 2013-14 financial year.
Learn more about climate change and going carbon neutral at the Department of the Environment website
The former Leichhardt Council adopted the Leichhardt Climate Change Plan in May 2013. The Plan includes objectives, strategies, and actions to improve energy efficiency, increase the amount of renewable energy we produce through a Renewable Energy Master Plan, and make climate change a key consideration within all of our Council systems.
The former Leichhardt Council implemented a number of major initiatives such as installing solar panels on many of its buildings; the replacement of old and inefficient air conditioning at the Council Administration Centre; and has installed a cogeneration plant at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre to heat the Olympic pool.
Check out some of Council's other projects.
Organisations that meet the requirements of the National Carbon Offsets Standard (NCOS) and the Carbon Neutral Program are required to complete a public disclosure summary to satisfy transparency of information requirements.
The Public Disclosure Summary is required to appear on the organisation's website and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education's website.
Download Leichhardt Council's NCOS Carbon Neutral Public Disclosure Summary 2014-15 (PDF 972.2KB)
Download Leichhardt Council's NCOS Carbon Neutral Public Disclosure Summary 2013-14 (PDF 647.2KB)
Download Leichhardt Council's NCOS Carbon Neutral Public Disclosure Summary 2012-13 (PDF 465.7KB)
Download Leichhardt Council's NCOS Carbon Neutral Public Disclosure Summary 2011-12 (PDF 553KB)
NCOS Carbon Neutral Program (CNP) participants are responsible for having their documentation independently audited. An independent audit is required initially to demonstrate that the participant is in accordance with the NCOS CNP Guidelines and every two years thereafter to demonstrate that the participant remains compliant. The robust and transparent audit process provides confidence in Council’s carbon neutral claim and validates the accuracy and completeness of Council’s application.
Download Leichhardt Council's Audit Assurance Statement 2013-14 (PDF 85KB).