Bayside Council

Is a Power Partner
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30% target

renewable energy by 2030

73kW

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:

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.

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

Implement an education and behavior change program to influence the behavior of council officers, local residents and businesses within the municipality to drive the shift to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

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

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.

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

Set up meetings and attend events, such as the Community Energy Congress or Cities Power Partnership Summit, where like-minded cities can address common concerns and learn from others’ experience.

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.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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