City of Bunbury

Is a Power Partner
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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:

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.

Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

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).

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.

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.

Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.

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

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.

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.

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

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