City of Fremantle

Is a Power Partner
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100%

renewables by 2025 target

Carbon neutral

since 2009

8

solar PV installations

Fremantle was proud to be the second carbon neutral local government in Australia and the first in WA. We are pleased to be a founding partner of the Cities Power Partnership that will see local governments share ideas and experiences to reduce our emissions.

Mayor Brad Pettitt

Of all the levels of government it is at the local level that we are seeing the strongest leadership on the challenge of climate change. As the level of government that is closest to the people, it is clear that the community wants the increasingly pointless political debate put to one side and immediate steps taken towards a low carbon economy.

The City of Fremantle was officially recognised as a leader in sustainability when in 2015 it became the world’s second city to achieve international One Planet certification. As a One Planet Council, the City ensures that the ten One Planet principles of sustainability are embedded across the organisation. Our international One Planet accreditation is confirmation that the City’s efforts are not only effective at a local level but are recognised as being world best practice.

The City has been carbon neutral since 2009 and has a target to be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2025. We are currently finalising a Corporate Energy Plan that will outline how the City should manage its energy consumption and production in order to reach our target. To date, carbon reduction initiatives have included solar PV installation on eight buildings; installation of a natural gas cogeneration system and a shallow geothermal heat pump at the Fremantle Leisure Centre; ongoing energy efficient lighting upgrades and the provision of electric vehicle charging points. The City has also entered into a working agreement with Epuron to investigate a solar farm concept for a former landfill site.

The City of Fremantle recognises the need for Local Governments to lead by example and the importance of knowledge sharing. Joining the Cities Power Partnership will give us the opportunity to share our success stories and collaborate with other Councils who are embarking on similar emissions reduction projects.

Mayor Brad Pettitt

City of Fremantle Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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.

Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

Ensure that the practices of local government contractors and financing such as banking, insurance, and super are aligned with council goals relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. Set appropriate criteria for council procurement.

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).

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

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.

Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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

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.

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