Bayside 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 bringing 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 Council Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.

Consider disincentives for driving high emitting vehicles such as congestion pricing, or a tiered payment system for residential car parking permits where high emitting vehicles pay more.

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

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

Support community energy projects (with location and planning support) so that residents (such as renters) can band together and invest in community renewable energy projects.

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

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

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).

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