Wagga mayor Greg Conkey says he will be disappointed if his fellow councillors vote against adopting a net zero corporate emissions policy by 2030.
Councillors will at their meeting on Monday night debate a report that recommends council adopting a more ambitious carbon emissions target.
Council is expected to adopt a community target for net zero by 2050 in line with the NSW Government's state-wide commitment by that deadline.
But councillors, who have clashed in the past over climate change matters, are likely to be divided on the 2030 corporate target that would apply to council and its facilities in the Wagga local government area.
Cr Conkey said he would vote in favour of the 2030 goal, saying council was already "well on the way" to achieving net zero within the next 8.5 years.
"We are a large player within the city. We're a large organisation. I know private enterprise is looking at reducing their emissions as well," he said.
""Hopefully we can lead the way ... Bearing in mind we're well and truly on the road to that target anyway. The question is not can we afford to do it, it's can we afford not to do it."
Councillors will review a report prepared by council staff that says the organisation is a significant contributor to overall community emissions in its responsibility for a wide range of public services.
Council's corporate profile is mostly made up of emissions from electricity for streetlighting and running of its facilities, gas usage in facilities, and petrol and diesel for its vehicle fleet.
Cr Conkey said council needed to reduce its electricity dependency as both an environmental protection and cost-saving measure, which he said wouldn't require a significant new investment in infrastructure.
"There's been no suggestion whatsoever to having a special rate variation. I don't think it will be necessary," he said.
Councillor Vanessa Keenan said she was fully supportive of the 2030 goal and that council should identify ways to support and encourage the wider community to achieve a net zero emissions target.
"It is important that council commit to the targets but look at a roadmap of achieving that," she said.
"Just as important as the environmental imperatives are the economic imperatives. This is something that the economic drivers [for] will only become stronger over time."
Councillor Rod Kendall said he would review the report and listen to the debate on Monday night but thought he was unlikely to vote in favour of the 2030 council target.
"I would expect we could meet and beat the state government's target of by 2050. But not at this stage," he said.
Councillor Paul Funnell said council should be investing in other infrastructure, including roads, in the short-term rather than pursuing an ambitious carbon target.
"We don't have the resources to be doing this ... It's about roads, rates and rubbish and getting our house in order," he said.