MORE AUSTRALIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAN ever before are stepping up to tackle climate change, as the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership celebrates a record-breaking first year.
The Cities Power Partnership celebrates its first birthday today, after a landmark year that has seen it become the largest local government climate network in the country, with 70 councils representing over 8 million Australians.
Cities Power Partnership Director Alix Pearce said that the program’s success reflects Australia’s homegrown climate revolution.
“Australians want to see real action on climate change, in their own backyards, and local governments are stepping up to meet the challenge,” she said.
“From floating solar farms powering major infrastructure, through to solar bulk buys that help pensioners beat their power bills, Cities Power Partnership councils are developing practical projects to help residents get on board with cheap, reliable clean energy.”
The program is set to grow to 100 councils by next month, and will hold its first national summit looking at climate solutions for local government in Kiama, New South Wales, in October this year.
Councils taking part in the Cities Power Partnership range from metropolitan giants such as City of Sydney, recently named as the Asia-Pacific’s most sustainable city by the Carbon Disclosure Project, through to smaller regional shires such as Bundaberg (QLD) and Strathbogie (VIC).
One of the main trends emerging from the program is the shift by councils to powering the public infrastructure that Australians use every day, from carparks to childcare centres to swimming pools to water treatment plants, partly or entirely by renewable energy.
Some of the biggest climate actions are coming out the smallest towns. Regional and rural areas are increasingly taking charge of their energy future, according to Alix Pearce.
“Regional towns like Bundaberg in Queensland, recently ranked as Australia’s number one solar postcode for domestic solar panel uptake, are quietly shifting to clean energy to beat soaring power bills. It just makes sense – we’re one of the sunniest countries in the world, why not use it?” she said.
“Australians aren’t waiting around for a clean energy future – it’s happening right now, in our towns and cities.”
For more information contact Fiona Ivits, Cities Power Partnership media advisor, on 0432 368 714 or [email protected]
About the Cities Power Partnership
The Cities Power Partnership is a free national program created by the Climate Council that celebrates and accelerates the pollution reduction and clean energy successes of Australia in towns and cities.
Local governments who join the partnership pledge to take 5 key actions across renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and working together.
Website: Cities Power Partnership