Glamorgan Spring Bay

Is a Power Partner
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30kW

on council roof

120

solar panels on Admin building

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.

Mayor Michael Kent

Glamorgan Spring Bay Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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

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).

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.

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.

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

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 minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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.

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

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.

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