Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Blacktown City Council's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners Darug people
  • Member since 2021
  • Population 387,104

Our journey

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

In February 2020, we declared that we are in a state of climate emergency requiring immediate action by all levels of government.

An additional 710 kW solar panel rollout in 2020 has brought Council’s total rooftop solar generation capacity to 1,360 kW. To date, we have upgraded around 14,760 street lights to LED fixtures that will reduce our carbon emissions by an estimated 4,120 tonnes annually. We are continuing to install LED street lighting in all new developments.

We have commenced transitioning our fleet from fossil fuel to electric power, with 2 pure electric vehicles, 14 plug-in hybrids and 25 hybrids used in our fleet in the year ending 30 June 2020.

From 2006 to 2012, Blacktown City residents and businesses took up solar electricity and hot water system packages under the Blacktown Solar City initiative.

Our community’s waste is sorted at UR-3R, an alternative waste treatment plant, where organics are stabilised and recyclables that were placed in the general waste bin are recovered for recycling.

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

We are working to secure 100% renewable electricity supply for Council operations, including street lighting, by 2025.

We aim to bring more battery electric vehicles into our fleet and are trialling hydrogen fuel for our heavy fleet.

We provide free, independent energy efficiency, rooftop solar and battery storage advice to our residents. To promote community uptake of electric vehicles, we are installing public charging points. We are collaborating with local community agencies to use public air-conditioned spaces, to pilot a heat refuge strategy for those most vulnerable to the ill-health effects of heatwaves.

What does Council hope to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership?

Given our size (395,000 residents and 54 suburbs) and rapid growth, Blacktown City has a significant environmental impact. We need to wisely and sustainably manage our resources. We welcome the Cities Power Partnership opportunities to gain further knowledge and share information.


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.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
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.
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.

In the news

Media Release

Seventeen councils join nationwide call for ambitious Federal Government targets ahead of UN climate summit

13 Oct 2021
Councils have called on the Federal Government to commit to strong, unified action on climate change, ahead of COP26.
Media Release

Councils push to reduce carbon emissions

11 Feb 2020
Nine western Sydney councils will launch a new strategy to slash emissions and boost energy savings for a more sustainable future.

Join now and be part of the groundswell of local governments and communities across Australia tackling climate change.