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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Onkaparinga Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.

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 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).

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.

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

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

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).

Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

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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