Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Blue Mountains City Council's climate and sustainability commitments

Blue Mountains 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 and Gundungurra Peoples
  • Member since 2018
  • Population 78,740
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Our journey

Blue Mountains Council endorsed the Carbon Abatement Action Plan (CAAP) in 2017. The plan identifies projects within the business that demonstrate reduced carbon emissions, as well as reduced operational costs. The four-year target plan for a reduction in Council’s carbon emissions was achieved in the first year of the CAAP. As a result, the 2022 target of 20% absolute emissions reduction has been replaced with a stretch target of 30%. It is funded by the Carbon Revolving Reserve (CRR) which provides an ongoing source of investment.

Early in 2019 Blue Mountains Council declared a climate emergency. The projects identified in the CAAP will significantly help achieve Council’s carbon reduction targets and clearly demonstrates its commitment to reducing emissions. Current projects endorsed by the CAAP are:

  • Replacement of a further 2,781 streetlights with LEDs
  • Upgrade to high-efficiency lighting across all of Council’s assets
  • Installation of 289kW of rooftop solar on council buildings
  • Replacement of boiler with highly efficient condensing boiler at Council’s headquarters in Katoomba

Additional internal projects identified by the CAAP are:

  • Investigate and develop centralised data monitoring
  • Staff training
  • Organisational behaviour change initiatives
  • Expansion of energy audit program
  • Investigate off-site Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
  • Coordinate minimum energy standards for all new Council buildings
  • Review barriers and opportunities around electric vehicles within fleet


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
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.
Sustainable Transport
Encourage sustainable transport use such as public transport, walking and cycling through council transport planning and design.
Work Together and Influence
Set up meetings and attend events to work with other cities on tackling climate change.

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