Willoughby

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420kW

Solar electricity generation

20%

Renewables by 2020

 

Sustainability principles have been a guiding and core value of Willoughby Council since the adoption of its Sustainability Charter in 2008, resulting in actions on climate change, resource use, urban development, and the natural environment. Council has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions through conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney

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

Council’s renewable energy projects, currently total 420kW in solar PV and are rapidly growing and Willoughby is on target for reaching its goal of 20 per cent renewables by 2020. In addition to this a 173kW cogeneration plant is run to provide low carbon heating and power. Council has reduced landfill waste by 36 per cent compared to 2008 and has implemented stormwater harvesting projects. Willoughby maintains extensive bushland reserves to high standards.  Council also runs a range of educational programs for residents and businesses. Council continues to support sustainable urban growth through its building and development policies and processes.

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

Willoughby Council is planning to update its Sustainability Action Plan in 2018. The new plan is expected to include more ambitious targets and actions focused on urban growth issues, energy usage, and water and waste management. Council will continue to explore solutions and work in partnership with other communities, State and Federal Governments, businesses, and non-profits who are aligned in understanding the value of a sustainable city.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership 

Willoughby sees the Cities Power Partnership as a great opportunity to share our successes, learn from others, and consider the opportunities for an even more sustainable future.

You can read more about the Willoughby’s work here

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Willoughby 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.

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

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

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

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.

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).

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).

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