Bayside City Council

Is a Power Partner
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30% target

renewable energy by 2030

45kW

installed on Council buildings

“The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership is a great initiative together progressive Councils that are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.It gives us an opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences with other Councils as we work towards increasing our use of renewable energy sources.”

Mayor Bill Saravinovski

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Bayside Council is committed to improving its energy efficiency and broader sustainability as well as supporting the community to achieve gains in these areas. As an active participant in the Southern Sydney Regional organisation of Councils Renewable Energy Master Plan. Bayside Council has committed to achieve a renewable energy target of 30% of Council’s and the communities energy use coming from renewable sources by 2030.

Council is involved in several projects to improve sustainability including;

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable
transport or broader sustainability

Besides several programs to increase our solar installations, improve street lighting and fleet efficiency in 2018 and beyond, Bayside Council is looking at ways to expand our bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and connect our communities to key open space, residential, education, commercial and employment destinations.  Providing access to open and green space is a priority for Bayside Council, and we hope to expand on this by greening our streets with native tree and shrub planting programs and with innovative water management options such as raingardens to shape the landscape our streets and develop an eco-sensitive character to our emerging precincts.

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
Council hopes to learn from other councils as well as share our own knowledge on making a real difference to climate change through working with the local community.

Resources

Bayside City Council Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Ensure that new developments are designed to maximize public and active transport use, and are designed to support electric vehicle uptake.

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Provide incentives (for example rate reductions) for best practice developments such as streamlined planning processes, and support for retrofitting energy efficiency measures for existing buildings.

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).

Providing for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and supporting cyclists through providing parking, and end-of-ride facilities (covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

For communities reliant on a local coal industry, local government can support the transition away from fossil fuels, by lobbying for state and federal support for a just transition for workers, families and the community and encouraging local economic development and opportunities based on a low carbon economy.

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