Logan City Council

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28% households & businesses

installed solar PV in LGA

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Powers offgrid water reservoir's chlorination system

The City of Logan is proud to be the first South-East Queensland council to join the Cities Power Partnership. Logan has already embraced renewable energy with about 28% of all households and business in Logan having a solar PV system, representing 124 megawatts of installed capacity and about 34,000 individual systems. Councils have an important role to play in making changes that will lead to major reductions in Australia’s carbon emissions, and we’re looking forward to both learning from other Councils and providing leadership in this space.

Mayor Luke Smith

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Over the past decade Logan City Council has invested in numerous energy saving technologies across a range of Council facilities. These have included:

Staff recently established the Logan Energy Dashboard – an energy monitoring system which operates on Council’s internal financial software that automatically collates all of Council’s electricity and fuel consumption data, allowing energy consumption to be easily monitored across the organisation.

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

Logan City Council’s 2017-2022 Corporate Plan includes a priority of being “Green and Renewable”. Council subsequently endorsed a “Carbon Reduction Strategy and Action Plan” which sets the ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality for Council’s operations by 2022. Solar PV is an ideal technology to help enable Council to achieve this target. Many of Council’s public facilities primarily utilise electricity during the day and have unshaded roof space perfect for solar panels. Council is supportive of PV installations where the business case is good. Logan City Council was an early adopter of solar PV, and now that installation costs have dropped while power prices have risen, we are investigating options that will enable Council to embrace the future and take full advantage of the clean and free power that solar PV provides.


What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

There are many Councils across Australia that are taking amazing steps to reduce carbon emissions. The distances that separate Councils means that the sharing of knowledge and advice between Councils can be difficult. The Cities Power Partnerships provides this valuable link. We look forward to learning from the experiences of other Councils as well as providing leadership in the local government carbon emissions reduction space.

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Logan City Council 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.

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

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.

Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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