Draft Climate Emergency Response

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On 30 July 2019 Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis declared a climate emergency, stating he was alarmed at the escalation of climate impacts in our city and the need for discussions to recognise the economic benefits of climate action.

In December 2019 Lord Mayor Vatskalis hosted Climate Emergency Roundtables for community and business leaders, making a commitment to identify opportunities to reduce City of Darwin’s greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Since then, City of Darwin has facilitated the development of an emissions profile for the Darwin community, determining that the Darwin community is responsible for producing approximately 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually – across transport (60%), electricity (34%) and waste (6%).

A Discussion Paper has been developed that captures the unique considerations of our climate emergency, gaining support and input from experts around Australia. The Discussion Paper informs and underpins City of Darwin’s draft Climate Emergency Strategy.

City of Darwin’s draft Climate Emergency Strategy details Council’s four key goals:

To achieve these goals, our climate emergency response is designed to manage risk for both our organisation and the Darwin community. This will be achieved by addressing impacts across multiple aspects of Darwin life, including:

We want your feedback on our draft Strategy. For a deeper understanding of our climate emergency, we encourage you to read our Discussion Paper.

You have until 12 February 2021 to provide your thoughts, ideas or concerns on our proposed pathway forward via our submission portal below.

In forming your view, we invite you to consider the following:



On 30 July 2019 Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis declared a climate emergency, stating he was alarmed at the escalation of climate impacts in our city and the need for discussions to recognise the economic benefits of climate action.

In December 2019 Lord Mayor Vatskalis hosted Climate Emergency Roundtables for community and business leaders, making a commitment to identify opportunities to reduce City of Darwin’s greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Since then, City of Darwin has facilitated the development of an emissions profile for the Darwin community, determining that the Darwin community is responsible for producing approximately 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually – across transport (60%), electricity (34%) and waste (6%).

A Discussion Paper has been developed that captures the unique considerations of our climate emergency, gaining support and input from experts around Australia. The Discussion Paper informs and underpins City of Darwin’s draft Climate Emergency Strategy.

City of Darwin’s draft Climate Emergency Strategy details Council’s four key goals:

To achieve these goals, our climate emergency response is designed to manage risk for both our organisation and the Darwin community. This will be achieved by addressing impacts across multiple aspects of Darwin life, including:

We want your feedback on our draft Strategy. For a deeper understanding of our climate emergency, we encourage you to read our Discussion Paper.

You have until 12 February 2021 to provide your thoughts, ideas or concerns on our proposed pathway forward via our submission portal below.

In forming your view, we invite you to consider the following: