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reduction in 1996 greenhouse gas emissions by 2020


GreenPower for 10 largest energy intensive sites

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.

North Sydney Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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.

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

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.

Consider disincentives for driving high emitting vehicles such as congestion pricing, or a tiered payment system for residential car parking permits where high emitting vehicles pay more.

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).

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.

Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.

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).

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.

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

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