An expert panel moderated by Joondalup Mayor Hon. Albert Jacob shared their perspectives on climate change in this session.

Representing Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby, Meredith Hammat MLA set the scene reinforcing the State Government’s recently announced target of reducing government operational emissions by 80% by 2030.

Greens MLC Brad Pettitt told the audience that Local Governments can be the leaders in transition to net zero but could not do it alone – it needed to be done in collaboration with State Government, industry and communities.

He added that while transport was the fastest growing source of emissions in Australia, electric vehicles are not necessarily a sufficient solution alone in the transition to net zero. Walking, cycling and public transport were needed to make cities more liveable.

Bowring Marsh Managing Director Rupert Flury raised the issue of increasing insurance and re-insurance costs due to the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change and the need for this to be considered in policy making, including focussing on disaster mitigation measures.
 
He said 95 per cent of money spent on climate-related events in Australia has been spent on recovery, but more needed to be directed to mitigation and adaptation actions.
 
Synergy CEO David Fyfe said Western Australia has the largest stand-alone electricity system in the world, and that was not a weakness but a strength because we don’t rely on anyone else for our electricity.
 
David was particularly proud of WALGA’s partnership with Synergy in the Sustainable Energy Project, saving Local Governments money on energy costs and reducing emissions. 
 
WALGA President Karen Chappel spoke of the Shire of Morawa’s involvement as one of 48 Local Governments in the Sustainable Energy Project, and the 4,907 tonne reduction in emissions and $1.8 million in cost savings already achieved across the Local Governments involved in the first quarter.
 
The final word: “Looking back on the past 12 months, we have spoken more about inflation and climate change than any other issue.  Climate Change is a live issue.” -  Rupert Flury
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