City of Cockburn
Is a Power Partner
Installed on council buildings
emissions council fleet since 2011
EV charging stations
The City of Cockburn has been taking local action to mitigate climate change for over two decades. Sustainability is a key value for Cockburn, embedded in the culture of the organisation. We recognize our key role in sustainable development and strive to ensure that the decisions we make today enable our community to thrive into the future. By joining the Cities Power Partnership we hope to work collaboratively with councils across Australia to create a more sustainable future.
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
The City of Cockburn is preparing a climate change strategy for 2020 to 2030. We will select our pledges as part of the strategy development process. When the strategy has been approved by Council we will confirm our commitment to the chosen pledges.
City of Cockburn
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability.
The City of Cockburn has been taking action on climate change for 20 years.
- Cockburn currently holds the largest inventory of solar photovoltaic systems for Local Government in Western Australia, having installed over 1400kW on its buildings.
- The City recently exceeded its 2020 renewable energy target and currently generates 23 percent of energy for council facilities from solar power. Other renewable energy systems include geothermal pool heating at the City’s Aquatic and Recreation Facility and methane gas extraction at Henderson Waste Recovery Park.
- Cockburn has maintained a Zero Emissions Fleet since 2011 by offsetting the emissions with carbon credits generated from biodiverse tree planting projects in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.
- Since 2011 the City has sustained a revolving ‘greenhouse action fund’ using savings from previous emission reduction initiatives. To date this fund has allocated over $2 million towards energy saving projects including a 1 mega watt solar PV system on the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre.
- There are four electric vehicle charging stations located at Council facilities across the municipality.
- The annual State of Sustainability reports provide a balanced representation on the City’s sustainability performance.
- Cockburn has been recognised as a Waterwise Gold Council by the Western Australian Water Corporation.
- The City hosts a Sustainability Internship every semester to provide opportunities for local university students.
- The sustainability grant program has funded 125 local projects in the Cockburn community for local schools, collective households, not-for-profit and small business.
- The annual Sustainable Living Event series offers over 100 workshops and events each year to inspire, educate and empower our community including guided indigenous walks, inspired infill masterclasses, sustainable business workshops and the Get Wild About Wetlands school holiday program.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability.
The City is developing a climate change strategy that will drive strong action for the next decade. The City is engaged and prepared to meet the challenges of the future and is developing a plan to reduce emissions by:
- Increasing our renewable energy target and transitioning towards locally-produced electricity from renewable resources in all major facilities.
- Allocating three per cent of the budget for all new Council buildings (over $1 million in value) towards innovative Environmentally Sustainable Design.
- Exploring innovative ways to utilise renewable energy technology to establish a local network of energy generators and micro grids.
- Investigating the feasibility of developing a renewable energy park on capped landfill cells.
- Rolling out energy efficient street lighting across the municipality.
- Exploring the viability of technology (such as electric hybrids and hydrogen cells) to reduce emissions from the City’s fleet.
- Diverting household waste to the New Energy Corporation’s energy from waste facility. When commissioned in early 2021, this facility will accept the City’s 21,000 tonnes of general waste.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership.
The Cities Power Partnership provides a great opportunity to collaborate with other local governments to create a more sustainable future. By joining the Cities Power Partnership we hope to contribute our experience to the national knowledge hub and to be inspired by other members in the power partnership.