Byron Shire Action Pledge Coming Soon!
In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:
Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.
Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
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.
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.
Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.
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.
Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.
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.
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).
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