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:

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).

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.

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