Penrith City

Is a Power Partner
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Local government has a strong history of working together on energy and climate-related projects, and this partnership gives us an opportunity to continue and strengthen that work by sharing knowledge, experience and resources, to achieve positive outcomes for all

Mayor John Thain

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

Since commencing our Sustainable Penrith program in 1999, we have undertaken a number of key actions including the establishment of our Sustainability Revolving Fund in 2003, a financial mechanism that provides ongoing funding for sustainability projects with savings re-invested back into the fund for additional projects. More recently, we’ve adopted our Cooling the City Strategy which provides strategic actions to adapt to climate change; retrofitted our most inefficient street lights with new efficient LED fittings, and completed the installation of solar PV systems on more than 25 Council facilities.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:
In 2015, Council adopted a Sustainability Policy and Strategy to provide clear direction to the organisation to ensure that sustainability remains a key consideration and is effectively built into our operations, activities and decision making processes. At the same time we also adopted corporate emissions reduction and renewable energy targets:

These targets are an important way of continuing to encourage resource efficiency within the organisation and the transition to more sustainable energy efficiency.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership:

Participation in the Cities for Power Partnership provides significant opportunities for Penrith Council to gain ideas on how to tackle issues we face in Penrith from other cities that are in a similar position. The Partnership also aligns closely with several focus areas and actions identified within our recently adopted ‘Sustainability Strategy 2015’. The Partnership will provide major benefits to Council, complementing our participation in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and our participation in the Resilient Sydney Program.

Mayor John Thain

Media Coverage 

Penrith Council Pledges. St Mary’s Star.

Penrith joins councils across Australia to slash emissions. Penrith City Gazette.

Media Coverage

Penrith City Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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

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.

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

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).

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).

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).

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.

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.

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