Sunshine Coast Council

Is a Power Partner
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15MW

Council developed Valdora Solar Farm

7.5% Reduction

Fuel usage since 2014/5

Sunshine Coast Council recognises and shares the community’s passion and commitment to maintaining and enhancing our outstanding lifestyle and environmental assets. Council is taking a leadership role in transitioning to a more sustainable and resilient Sunshine Coast.We are dedicated to integrating good sustainability practices into all we do to manage both present and future impacts, and the need to be prepared for, and understand, the risks associated with climate change

Mayor Mark Jamieson

What Council has achieved in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and sustainability.

The Sunshine Coast is widely acknowledged as a highly desirable place to live, work and play with abundant natural resources and a unique lifestyle. The Sunshine Coast local government area covers an area of approximately 2,200 square kilometres and has a population of 303,400 residents. Annual population growth, which is expected to continue, has led to significant urban development and supporting infrastructure. Sunshine Coast Council’s vision is to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy. Smart. Creative. We have been striving to achieve this vision and to maintain a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast through:

Sunshine Coast Council has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 22,960 tonnes since 2014/15. Monitoring progress of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental sustainability results is delivered transparently through annual organisational environmental sustainability reporting.

 

What we hope to achieve in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and sustainability.

Sunshine Coast Council has recently endorsed the Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017 which contains a number of targets to drive future achievements in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and broader sustainability. Targets to be achieved include:

To achieve these targets, Sunshine Coast Council will be implementing actions such as installing Australia’s first high-tech, automated waste collection system for a CBD at the new Maroochydore City Centre. Rather than using wheelie bins and garbage trucks in the city centre, waste will be transported through underground vacuum pipes located beneath the city centre.

 

Why we joined the Cities Power Partnership program.

Sunshine Coast Council has joined the Cities Power Partnership to improve sustainability outcomes for the community and the organisation and to showcase achievements. We look forward to working closely with other councils to share and grow the collective knowledge within our respective communities and across local government more broadly.

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Sunshine Coast Council 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.

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

Get city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

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.

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).

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.

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

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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

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

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