Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

City of Belmont's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners Noongar Whadjuk People
  • Member since 2019
  • Population 42,795

Our journey

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Previously the City has been involved in a range of programmes relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and broader sustainability. This has included:

  • Achieving Milestones 1 – 5 of the ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection Program
  • Achieving Milestones 1 – 5 of the ICLEI Water Campaign
  • Participation in the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s ACER (Achieving Carbon Emissions Reduction) program to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Participation in Perth Solar City and switch your thinking programme

Through the Environment Plan 2005- 2010 and 2010- 2016 the City implemented a range of initiatives including installation of solar PV systems/ solar pool heating and various energy and water efficiency retrofits. Since 2005 the City has fully offset its light vehicle fleet emissions and either offset or purchased renewable power for a component of electricity consumption. The City is a signatory to the WALGA Local Government Climate Change Declaration.

Since 2011 the City has been recognised as a Waterwise Council through the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Council Program.

Since 2007 the City has employed a TravelSmart Officer promoting sustainable transport and behaviour change to staff and in the community. During that time the City has participated in the TravelSmart Workplace program (now called Your Move Workplace), facilitated the two highest rated TravelSmart Schools in the State and implemented a multitude of transport related behaviour change projects and events.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

The City of Belmont is committed towards implementing actions relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and sustainability, which are key objectives of the City of Belmont Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan.

Details on these actions are outlined in the Environment and Sustainability Strategy 2016- 2021, Urban Forest Strategy/ Canopy Plan, Sustainable Transport Plan, Groundwater Operating Strategy and Water Efficiency Action Plan.

This includes actions relating to the City as an organisation and the wider residential and business community.

The Sustainable Transport Plan 2019-2024 combines and expands on the City’s longstanding Local Bike Plan and TravelSmart Plans. The plan outlines infrastructure improvements that will benefit the sustainable transport network and 28 behaviour change initiatives covering Schools, Skills, Encouragement and Promotion.

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

The main benefit the City hopes to gain through participation in the Cities Power Partnership is continuous improvement through access to case studies and information sharing. It is hoped that the action pledges will provide useful guidance to assist in achieving the City’s Strategic Community Plan objectives relating to energy efficiency, climate change and sustainable transport.

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