Waverley Council Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are commited to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time. ---------- Through the SSROC led bulk renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement, Waverley will procure renewable energy generated from a new off-site large scale solar or wind farm to meet at least 20% of our total electricity supply, with the view to scaling this amount up over time.
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. ------ Through the Building Futures program, Waverley Council will provide financial and technical support to building owners of high rise residential buildings in Bondi Junction to help improve their energy efficiency and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
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). ------- Waverley will seek to increase the uptake of rooftop solar for residential and commercial strata buildings, through the support of existing rooftop solar access models and the development of new innovative programs.
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. -- Council will increase awareness and engagement in the community on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport through our Second Nature program. By developing and delivering digital and print communications, targeted behaviour change initiatives, workshops, events and collaboration with community groups and other stakeholders, Second Nature empowers our community to take sustainability actions in their everyday lives.
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. ---------- Waverley will deliver our "Embedding Sustainability" project to ensure environmental sustainability is systemic across Council's day to day business, services, and operation. The program will involve refining our procurement processes, ensuring our projects are designed and delivered to high environmental sustainability standards, by skilled and engaged staff to increase resource efficiency within Council offices and venues.