Our readers will probably know of the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) but there are other greenhouse alliances all over Victoria – in fact 70 of the state’s 79 local councils are involved. The Alliances work across their networks, communities and partners to deliver regional mitigation and adaptation programs.
Links with Germany
The 2017 Victorian Greenhouse Alliances Conference has heard about what Australian local governments can learn from the experience of their German counterparts in encouraging a shift to a renewable energy-based economy. Dr Anne Kallies from RMIT explained that while German local governments had some advantages over Australian councils (such as being recognised in the constitution and having access to power supply contracts), they also faced many of the same problems.
More than 200 delegates from local and state government, academia, non-government organisations and consultancies attended the conference that covered a broad range of climate change responses, including managing and procuring large scale renewable energy, energy efficiency programs, using planning to tackle the urban heat island effect, and measuring and mapping climate change impacts.
Renewable Energy Advocate
Guest speakers included the new Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate, Simon Corbell (pictured above), who explained his role and what local governments can do to encourage more investment in renewables.