Sunshine Coast Council

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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:

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

Consider disincentives for driving high emitting vehicles such as congestion pricing, or a tiered payment system for residential car parking permits where high emitting vehicles pay more.

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.

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

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 energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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.

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

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

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.

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