Glamorgan Spring Bay

Is a Power Partner
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One of the core values of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council is to 'Take the initiative and be creative, to seek new ways and new solutions'. We are proud to be partners in the first round of the Cities Power Partnership with the Climate Council and to be actively participating in moving our community towards a more efficient and resilient future and sharing knowledge and solutions with other councils and communities across the nation.

Mayor Michael Kent

What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

In 2014 Glamorgan Spring Bay Council’s Admin building was fitted with 120 photovoltaic panels with a combined peak output of 30kW. All lighting in council buildings including community buildings, works depots, health centres etc. is progressively being replaced with LED technology.  There is a Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT) available for residents to borrow free of charge to measure the energy efficiency of specific home appliances. The elder care units in one of our towns have had their inefficient electric hot water units replaced with heat pump hot water heaters. Council has participated in projects such as the Smarter Fleets program and has given in principle agreement and support for an ‘Electric Highway’ proposal for Tasmania and for a fast charging station to be sited within the municipality. Council has participated in the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority’s Regional Climate Change Initiative since 2011.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

Council hopes to achieve improvements in energy efficiency and emissions reductions both within its own operations as well as in the wider community. Council is particularly interested in pursuing opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of street lighting. Council is also hoping to gain knowledge and insight from other councils and climate experts and to inspire and encourage local residents and businesses to consider renewable energy.

Why council joined the cities power partnerships

As a regional council in Tasmania with a small rate payer base, Glamorgan Spring Bay has limited resources. However council has been able to achieve considerable progress and understanding of complex issues by participating in regional and national projects and partnering with organisations with similar objectives. Glamorgan Spring Bay Council is also keen to lead and to share knowledge and insight whenever appropriate. The Cities Power Partnership provides a powerful and timely opportunity for council to play its part in implementing emissions reductions measures and climate change action.

Glamorgan Spring Bay Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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).

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

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.

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.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

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.

Support community energy projects (with location and planning support) so that residents (such as renters) can band together and invest in community renewable energy projects.

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.

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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