The City of Darebin Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are commited to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Set 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. Council has set a target of zero net carbon emissions across Darebin by 2020 and released the first ever Climate Emergency Plan.
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. In 2017-2018 Darebin City Council is establishing the Darebin Energy Foundation (final name pending) to accelerate sustained and meaningful action with the community (residents, businesses, education and other organisations) to engage with the climate emergency challenge. Darebin has had an internal Energy Project Officer for some years.
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. Darebin has committed to installing an additional 440kW of solar PV on council buildings over the next 5 years.
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.
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 approval processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV). Darebin has committed to solar programs with a combined budget of $20M to install over 11,000kW of solar on homes, organisations, schools and businesses, in Darebin over the next five years.
Council has committed to upgrading Council’s vehicle fleet with lowest emission vehicles including explore electric vehicle options for fleet, partnering with others to look at public charging options, and partnering with others to explore electric car share options.