Cairns Regional Council

Is a Power Partner
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50% GHG reduction target

In place since 2010

$1M investment

1MW Solar PV

“Cairns Regional Council is proactively investing in clean energy and energy efficiency because we are committed to reducing our environmental impact on this beautiful and environmentally significant region. At the same time, we consider this an important tool to drive down our operational costs, so we can better serve our vibrant community and the millions of visitors we greet each year. We are honoured to join towns and cities across Australia who are doing the same through the Cities Power Partnership.”

Mayor Bob Manning

 What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability:

As a tropical city on the doorstep to some of the world’s most recognised natural wonders- the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, Cairns Regional Council has long taken environmental stewardship in its stride. With a 50 % greenhouse gas emissions reduction target in place since 2010, the landfill gas flaring and energy efficiency gains in our facilities, vehicle fleet and extensive waste water treatment plants have placed us well on track to meet our target by 2020.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability:

Next, we will continue to build on our $1 million dollar investment in 1 megawatt of solar PV and explore other renewable energy options, we will extend our roll out of LED upgrades for Council’s streetlight network and continue to cultivate sustainability in our community through vibrant events, education, seed funding for renewables and a growing cycling network.

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership:

Cairns Regional Council is delighted to join the Cities Power Partnership and looks forward to the knowledge sharing and inspiration it brings as we join the towns and cities across Australia striving for sustainability.

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Cairns Regional Council Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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

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).

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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).

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.

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).

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.

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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