ELECTRICITY consumption is the biggest source of carbon emissions for the Wagga municipality.
An analysis of the area's habits confirmed that electricity consumption was the major emission source due to the community's scale of population and commercial activity, making up almost half of the profile.
It was followed by road transportation, which made up about 27 per cent, and agriculture at about 20 per cent.
A Wagga City Council spokesperson said the snapshot of the municipality's greenhouse gas emissions gives the council an idea of where its future projects could target.
The spokesperson said the number of large scale solar farms approved for construction in the Wagga local government area will be "hugely beneficial" in feeding renewable energy into the grid, helping cut the largest area of emissions.
In a bid to address climate change adaption and mitigation, the spokesperson said the council has been upgrading to LED street lights, diverting food and garden organics from landfill, developing a draft Biodiversity Strategy, as well as, a Heatwave Management Plan and constructing the flood levee.
The Snapshot report said Wagga's carbon emissions had a "notable reduction" since 2005, with a reverse occurring in the last few years.
Wagga climate activist Andrew Wallace said the result was unsurprising given the high demand for electricity. However he said people are taking the necessary steps to reduce their consumption in an effort to protect their hip pocket.
Nowadays homes are designed better, people can change their light bulbs and community's have access to solar energy, according to Dr Wallace.
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Although he said solar uptake has been low despite Wagga's "enormous potential" for this form of alternative energy.
"If there is solar on the roof that does change the ball game because you can use power when the sun is there and reschedule your day," he said.
However, Dr Wallace said the earth is approaching "a panic point" and there is not "the slightest of doubt" that more needs to be done to reduce the carbon impact on the planet.
"We have to move and the longer we leave it the worse it gets," he said.