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

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).

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

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.

Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in 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).

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

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.

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