City of Bunbury

Is a Power Partner
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Solar heat exchangers

South West Sports Centre

The City of Bunbury recognises the potentially far reaching implications of climate change for its business and local community into the future. In light of this, the City has proactively undertaken a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives for many years. The City welcomes the opportunity to participate in the Climate Commission’s Cities Power Partnership in seeking to further its climate change mitigation program and to foster strong working relationships with other local governments through knowledge sharing and mutual support.

Mayor Gary Brennan

What council has achieved in the past

The City of Bunbury previously completed the ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection program and in doing so has set emissions reduction targets and prepared and commenced the implementation of a greenhouse gas reduction strategy.  Some of the key mitigation initiatives that the City has undertaken include:

 

What council hopes to achieve in the future

In participating in the program, the City seeks to support the continual implementation and improvement of its climate change mitigation program in contributing to international efforts to reduce the impact of climate change in the future.

 

What council hopes to gain from being a member

The City of Bunbury looks forward to participating in the Cities Power Partnership as it will provide an opportunity to reaffirm the City’s commitment to climate change mitigation, promote strong working relationships with other local governments and assist in celebrating the achievements of the local government sector in relation to climate change mitigation.

 

City of Bunbury Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

Get city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

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.

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

Opening up unused council managed land for renewable energy, for example land fills, and road reserves.

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.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approvals processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

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.

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

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).

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