“North Sydney Council has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, renewable energy and tackling climate change. We’ve made great strides in lowering our carbon footprint by introducing renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, to many of our Council-owned buildings and by committing to buying 50% GreenPower® for our 10 largest energy-consuming site. Signing up to the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment to lowering carbon emissions and protecting our environment so future generations will still be able to enjoy everything that makes North Sydney so special. It’s vital that we get the wider community on board in order to create lasting change and I encourage our residents, businesses and visitors to get involved in some of the numerous environment and sustainability initiatives Council is running. Whether you love the great outdoors, cooking or gardening, there are workshops, talks, outings and volunteering opportunities for all tastes and ages.”
Mayor Jilly Gibson
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:
North Sydney Council has been active in the area of energy conservation and climate action for many years. In the late 1990s, we set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets to reduce our 1996 greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020. We are well on track to achieving this target, thanks to initiatives such as installing solar panels on Council buildings, monitoring and upgrading our assets and appliances to meet our energy conservation objectives, and purchasing 50% GreenPower® for our 10 largest energy consuming sites.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:
As well as working towards our own greenhouse gas reduction target, Council is also focussed on helping our community reduce their emissions through a variety of initiatives and programs, such as the My Green Apartment program and the CitySwitch initiative, as well as running climate change and environmental awareness campaigns, including EarthHour and Plastic Free July. In 2003, Council secured a former coal loading station in Waverton and has since transformed this site into the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability where Council staff run regular, free workshops for the community which encourage sustainable living initiatives, as well as a community nursery. Urban Harvest plots will soon be available as part of the new Coal Loader Green Roof project, which is nearing completion and will be powered by solar panels. We are also collaborating with other Councils across our region to increase locally produced renewable energy.
Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership:
The Cities Power Partnership program will complement the work Council is already undertaking to help meet its corporate and community greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The CPP will also help Council form better connection and partnerships with councils across the country who are working on similar projects, help generate new sustainability ideas and initiatives, as well as providing access to the Climate Council’s research.