Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS will vie for top honours in the Cities Power Partnership’s annual National Climate Awards, which open for submissions today.

The 2021 Climate Awards, now open for entries, recognise the unsung work of climate heroes in local governments across the country, in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable transport, energy efficiency, community engagement, innovation, ambition, collaboration as well as individual climate champion awards.

Dr Portia Odell, director of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest network of local governments leading the way to a prosperous, zero emissions future, said last year’s awards attracted a record-breaking number of outstanding entries.

“From innovative renewable energy deals that provide communities with clean, reliable and affordable energy, to supporting communities’ transition to net zero emissions, it was fantastic to see so many local governments stepping up to meet the challenges of climate change, and we expect this year’s awards entries to be no different,” said Dr Odell.

New in 2021 are two awards: the Ambition Award and the Collaboration Awards.

The Collaboration Award will go to the council that best demonstrates a partnership that has resulted in tangible emissions reduction outcomes. The Ambition Award was created to provide a dedicated commendation for ambitious Councils that have a detailed plan for tackling climate change in their communities

“Local governments are a vital force in developing climate and energy solutions and I look forward to seeing what this year’s leading solutions are,” Dr Odell said.

“Now is the time to urgently slash emissions and set our communities up for a sustainable future, and with the federal government failing to act, it is up to local governments to show what leadership looks like.”


  • Renewable Energy Achievement Award
  • Energy Efficiency Achievement Award
  • Sustainable Transport Achievement Award
  • Community Engagement Achievement Award
  • Innovation Award (metropolitan & regional)
  • Ambition Award
  • Collaboration Awards
  • Climate Ambassador Award (elected representative)
  • Climate Champion Award (council staff)

The award ceremony is scheduled for November 2021.

More information can be found on the website. 



The Cities Power Partnership Awards, recognise outstanding achievements by local councils working to mitigate climate change.

2021 Award Judges:

  • Damon Gameau, Film director, author and presenter
  • Dr Amanda Cahill, CEO, Next Economy
  • Dr Simon Bradshaw, Acting Head of Research, Climate Council
  • Pam Townshend, Former Shire President, Shire of Augusta, Margaret River, WA