Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

AlburyCity's climate and sustainability commitments

AlburyCity is part of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest network of councils leading the way to a sustainable future

  • Traditional Owners Wiradjuri people
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 55,754

Our journey

Albury City is a diverse local government organisation responsible for delivering a comprehensive range of services to support and improve the lives of our growing community of more than 50,000 residents. Our community strategic plan ‘Albury 2030’ identifies the main priorities and aspirations for the future of the city, including focusing on growing a sustainable economy and enhancing the natural environment. ‘Albury 2030’ specifically identifies the importance of promoting clean and renewable energy initiatives as well as investigating and encouraging energy-saving initiatives to residents, industry and business.

Albury City has committed to and acted on a number of initiatives relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Initial actions have focused on understanding our energy demands, usage patterns and key sites through energy audits and detailed site and asset reviews. Key areas for consideration have included lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, solar opportunities and our water/wastewater facilities. This approach has encouraged a whole of organisation approach to energy management involving Asset Maintenance, Finance, Design, Operations and Sustainability staff to ensure a holistic rollout of energy saving measures across Council.

A key element of our commitment and success has been the development and implementation of an Energy Savings Action Plan (ESAP). The ESAP provides a four year forward works program for energy management initiatives, including an annual review and adjustments based on energy audits across our organisation and any new opportunities that may arise. These outcomes form the basis of our delivery program and long term financial planning. Not only has our success generated immediate financial benefits but it has also provided us with the opportunity to be a leader in our community in this field, further encouraging business, industry and residents to consider, develop and adopt long term sustainable practices.

Albury City Mayor, Kevin Mack, said measures completed to date include 200kW of solar installations, LED lighting, variable speed drives and Power Factor correction measures.

Albury joined the Cities Power Partnership in 2017 to reinforce our commitment and continue our focus on energy management. The Cities Power Partnership will provide opportunities to share knowledge, experiences and expertise in this arena across Australia that will improve our take-up and adoption of new practices and technology further enhancing the outcomes that would otherwise have been achieved.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Support local community renewable energy projects, and encourage investment in community energy.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Sustainable Transport
Encourage sustainable transport use such as public transport, walking and cycling through council transport planning and design.
Work Together and Influence
Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

In the news

Media Release

Mayors commit to clean, local jobs

20 Oct 2020
Over forty mayors and councillors have released a joint statement committing to economic recovery solutions that create jobs and tackle climate change.

Victoria lagging behind NSW in climate change initiative

09 Feb 2018
The Climate Council wants North East residents to nominate their local councils to join the Cities Power Partnership. The initiative, which requires councils to make…
Media Release

Albury Council to sign up to Cities Power Partnership in mid-July

27 May 2017
For full Border Mail article click here DEPUTY mayor Amanda Cohn has succeeded in gaining support for Albury Council to sign up to a climate…

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