The City of Onkaparinga

Is a Power Partner
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30% reduction

in corporate emissions since 1998

24 council owned buildings

Installed with rooftop solar PV & leased to community groups & clubs


Joining the Cities Power Partnership makes the council part of a national solution. Local government can’t sit on its hands and wait for solutions to come to us from other tiers of government or external organisations, we must build capacity together and develop our own ways to tackle climate change

Mayor Rosenberg

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

We have a long history of working with climate change and began measuring our corporate emissions in 1998. So far we have reduced our emissions by 30% and are looking to accelerate our emissions reduction program in 2018.

We have negotiated with SA Power Networks to changeover 16,000 streetlights to LEDs which will save over 2200 tonnes of ghg emissions per year. Solar power has been installed on 24 buildings that are leased to community groups and clubs.

In 2008 we commissioned a study to understand the risks that climate change will pose to our 31km of coast. Since then, we have been working on projects that strengthen our cliff stability and reduce erosion, funded in part by our Climate Change Fund.

The City of Onkaparinga is an active member of the Resilient South region of councils and we are working collaboratively on climate adaptation planning, including mapping the urban heat island effect using high resolution imagery.

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

Council has committed to planting 100,000 trees to increase our tree canopy cover, cool our city and increase biodiversity. We are accelerating the greening of our facilities by employing a staff member dedicated to reducing the carbon intensity of our facilities using our Revolving Resources Fund.

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

Local government is at its best when we work together on shared issues. Councils have an important role in supporting the low carbon economy. We are also the level of government most impacted by extreme events.  A recent survey of our residents found that 84% of respondents report having already experienced the effects of climate change, and believe that the City of Onkaparinga should take some responsibility for responding to these challenges.

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The City of Onkaparinga Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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

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.

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).

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

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

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.

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

Opening up unused council managed land for renewable energy, for example land fills, and road reserves.

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

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