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energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives


emissions reduction by 2020

431,188 kWh/yr

Annual energy reduction for Council

Ku-ring-gai Council is proud of its contribution towards raising public awareness of how to live a more sustainable life. We are a leader in local government for energy and water savings and community based initiatives designed to lessen our impact on and heighten protection for our beautiful natural environment.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson

What we have council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy and broader sustainability

Since 2012 Ku-ring-gai Council has implemented over 55 energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives to reduce energy consumption and emissions at Council facilities, including upgrades to lighting, air-conditioning, hot water systems, solar power, appliances and energy management systems. These initiatives have resulted in

Additionally, Council has delivered community programs to support local residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy bills. With programs offering rebates for the installation of energy efficient pool pumps, energy audits, and  tailored sustainability advice to residents and  businesses. Council’s ‘Loving Living Ku-ring-gai’ sustainability event series has attracted over 21,000 participants since 2012.

What we hope to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy and broader sustainability

Council has adopted science based emissions targets that align with the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

This means we are working to reduce Council emissions by 20% by 2020, relative to 2000 emissions.

To meet this target Council will be continuing to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in our existing facilities, improving the performance standards for new Council buildings, and seeking to upgrade Council street lighting to more energy efficient LED lighting.

Council will also continue to support community efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of households and businesses through local sustainability programs.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership 

Climate change is an urgent global problem requiring action and innovation from community, business, and all levels government. By partnering with other local councils, Ku-ring-gai will be able to exchange valuable knowledge about the emission reduction technologies and initiatives that work best. The partnership also creates a fantastic opportunity for Council to support a national initiative, through the work it does at a local level.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson

Media Coverage

Guardian Australia Article:  https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/19/australian-local-councils-lead-the-way-in-tackling-climate-change-as-federal-policy-stalls


Ku-ring-gai 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 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.

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

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.

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).

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

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

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.

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

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.

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