City of Parramatta

Is a Power Partner
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1st local Govt

To seek a Green- star communities rating Parramatta Square

146kW

Solar PV installed

Our Energy Future

Free energy advice to households

Council signed up to the Cities Power Partnership as we saw this as an opportunity to increase the work we are already doing in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. We are looking forward to identifying projects and achieving our goals, whilst sharing the information and resources of other likeminded Councils.

Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson

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

The City of Parramatta has adopted its Environmental Sustainability Strategy, which outlines our key environmental directions and priorities as our city grows, while meeting our bigger goal of building Australia’s Next Great City.

The City of Parramatta is the first local government in Australia to seek a Green Star – Communities rating for Parramatta Square, and is also the first local government to specify Green Star ratings for each building across an entire precinct.

Council has a long standing commitment to improve the efficiency of our buildings and assets. Council has installed 146kW rooftop solar systems and regularly undertakes energy efficiency upgrades on various Council owned buildings such as lighting, HVAC and power factor correction resulting in significant financial savings. Council also participated in Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Council’s ‘Light Years Ahead’ project, replacing over 1,114 mercury vapour street lamps with LED, saving an estimated 341 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Council is a part of the Our Energy Future program (www.ourenergyfuture.org.au) which is a free, energy advice service to help the local households reduce their power bills without compromising on comfort. 

 

What does council hope to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability?

The Council will continue replacing an additional 5,970 mercury vapour street lamps with LED resulting in estimated reduction of 1824 tonnes of CO2 annually. The energy efficiency upgrades and rooftop solar installation will be expanded to cover all feasible sites. Council will be pursuing sustainable transport initiatives for the City including the Parramatta Light Rail.

In coming months, the Council will develop an implementation pathway to help achieve the goals set in the Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

 

What does Parramatta council hope to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership?

Parramatta is Sydney’s central CBD with over 235,000 residents. The Cities Power Partnership aligns with  Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy and provides a platform to network and collaborate with other participating Councils across Australia. The Council also looks forward to sharing its learnings and experience across the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport.

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City of Parramatta Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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.

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.

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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.

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

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

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

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.

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