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:

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

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

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).

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.

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 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.

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.

Get city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

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

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