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:

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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

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.

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).

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.

For communities reliant on a local coal industry, local government can support the transition away from fossil fuels, by lobbying for state and federal support for a just transition for workers, families and the community and encouraging local economic development and opportunities based on a low carbon economy.

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.

Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.

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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