The City of Swan

Is a Power Partner
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61%

reduction in lighting emissions annually

70kW

rooftop solar installed

The City of Swan is excited to be involved in the Cities Power Partnership as it allows us to actively continue to increase our energy efficiency in a meaningful pledge-based program. As an outer metropolitan council growing at 3.7%, the Cities Power Partnership is a great fit for our rapidly expanding population and community, as we can focus on realistic goals rather than a straight emission reduction strategy. The diverse approach will give us a strong chance of success internally and for our community.

City of Swan Mayor, Cr Mick Wainwright
 

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

The City of Swan has been active in energy efficiency for a number of years, using a holistic approach across the organisation and community. In this time we have completed a total LED retrofit of our administration building, reducing lighting emissions by 61% each year, and installed more than 70kW of rooftop solar panels with plans for substantial further investment in coming years. We have also developed a comprehensive community education program called Thinking Green, trialled electric fleet vehicles and installed two charging stations. The City has targeted efficiency in our fleet emissions and also developed a comprehensive waste management approach, including education and innovative recycling opportunities.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

The City of Swan intends to develop our activity in energy efficiency in coming years with further rollouts of current initiatives and by seeking new opportunities to drive energy efficiency within our organisation and community. Internal initiatives will be supported with the continued development of a comprehensive and responsive community education program. Specifically, in coming years we aim to introduce LED lighting more widely wherever feasible, to further reduce lighting emissions, to continue with the installation of rooftop solar in keeping with current investment plans and to introduce electric fleet vehicles and further charging stations. We will continue to target efficiency in our fleet emissions and will push a comprehensive waste management approach, including education and innovative recycling.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership 

The Council joined the Cities Power Partnership because we want to be a part of, and a leader in the push for more energy efficient and environmentally responsible councils. We are excited to begin working with other like-minded Councils. By sharing information and ideas, in this national collaborative approach, we can move forward and achieve greater outcomes for the benefit of all.

Mayor Mick Wainwright

Media Coverage

City of Swan joins City Power Partnership. Perth Echo.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/08/08/city-swan-joins-city-power-partnership/

City of Swan joins the crusade against climate change. Midland Reporter.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/27/city-swan-joins-crusade-climate-change/

The City of Swan Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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.

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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