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Green Newcastle

The ClimateCam Billboard in Wheeler Place Newcastle

As the world’s biggest coal exporter, Newcastle NSW created a vision in 1997 to establish itself as an international testing ground for the application of sustainable technology and practices.

Newcastle City Council (NCC) has already reduced its own electricity consumption by 40% based on 1995 levels. It developed the world’s first greenhouse gas speedometer www.climatecam.com in 2001 to measure and report progress of its local greenhouse action plan. It developed the ClimateCam® family of action based learning programs to show community and businesses how easy it is to achieve deep and sustainable reductions in energy and water consumption. This work has culminated in a collaboration with industry and government organisations to lead the community towards energy and water efficiency best practice, called the Together Today partnership. 

The City of Newcastle is set to meet its 2008 greenhouse gas reduction target by the end of the current year by returning the City’s emissions to year 2000 levels. The programs have been purposely developed so that they can be replicated throughout Australia and overseas if required. 


The Together Today Foundation Members include: