“Cities need to work together as leaders to reduce emissions. This partnership allows us all to showcase our actions, share what we have learned so far, learn from each other and gain access to up-to-date information and analysis to inform our next steps. We can inspire and support each other and our communities as we advance energy efficiency and transition to clean energy.”
Mayor Stephen Bali
What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability.
Council has run a continuous program of energy efficiency improvements for over a decade – through lighting and air conditioning retrofits, an Energy Performance Contract for 14 of our largest buildings, installation of voltage optimisers at two large sites and a Building Management System in our Civic Centre. We participated in Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Council’s ‘Light Years Ahead’ project, replacing over 2,500 mercury vapour street lamps with LED, saving an estimated 787 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Conducted from 2006–12, Blacktown Solar City left a lasting legacy for residents and businesses who took up solar PV and hot water system packages and, for Council which added more than 330 kW of solar panels to its buildings. Additional solar PV installations on Council buildings, bring our total behind-the–meter installations to almost 600 kW.
We use a blend of 20% biodiesel to power our diesel vehicles. Our community’s waste is sorted at UR-3R, an alternative waste treatment plant, where organics are composted and recyclables that were placed in the general waste bin are recovered for recycling. Our 2008–11 Regenesis partnership project with Liverpool Plains Shire Council planted 18 carbon forests with locally native species, sequestering carbon and supporting biodiversity.
What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability
Our recent energy audit of all Council sites identified further cost effective energy efficiency improvements and additional rooftop solar opportunities. We are working on these as finances become available.
We are investigating a range of long-term procurement options for offsetting Council’s operational energy with 100% renewable energy. If financially and practically feasible, this would reduce emissions directly attributable to Council operations—including street lighting—by up to 80%.
Why Council joined the Cities Power Partnership
Blacktown City is large and developing quickly. Our population of 350,000 is forecast to increase to 522,000 by 2036. The way we all source and manage energy makes a real difference now and well into the future. We welcome the chance to work with other councils to improve our knowledge, share our experience and advocate for a sustainable energy supply that is reliable, affordable by all, clean and renewable.
Mayor Stephen Bali