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Low Carbon West

Feb 20, 2014

LeadWest is working with the Western Alliance Greenhouse Action Group (WAGA), Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia (WMRDA), AECOM, Arup, our members and a range of other businesses from Melbourne's west on a plan to transition our regional economy to a more sustainable low carbon basis through practical and evidence-based action.

The Project Steering Group has confirmed the title 'Low Carbon West' and vision for the regional greenhouse strategy, following a workshop hosted by the consultant team, Arup and AECOM, on 16 December 2013. The title and vision provide an important summary to all stakeholders of the project’s overarching goals and objectives.


Melbourne’s west will support a growing, vibrant and diverse economy and aims to achieve this while decoupling the region’s planned growth from increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Low Carbon West will:

  • Generate a current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile for the region, based on the best available existing data, and project this profile into the future under two scenarios: business-as-usual and implementation of Low Carbon West
  • Develop a clear plan for mitigation of emissions, bespoke to the specific characteristics and aspirations of the region and taking into account cost and implementation hurdles for mitigation measures
  • Facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing between councils, industry and other stakeholders to provide maximum opportunities for low carbon economic growth, specifically to create a platform to attract wider state and federal funding into the region
  • Act as a catalyst for direct regional and local communication and action aimed at driving reductions in emissions from business, institutions, communities and individuals
  • Establish a road map for the implementation of Low Carbon West
  • Outline an approach for monitoring the progress of Low Carbon West, including ongoing maintenance of the relevant emissions data, progress in knowledge-sharing and collaboration, successes with securing relevant funding, and practical action on mitigation of emissions.
For more information, please contact Fran MacDonald (WAGA Coordinator)

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