City of Fremantle
Is a Power Partner
Renewable energy by 2025
solar PV installations
Fremantle was proud to be the second carbon neutral local government in Australia and the first in WA. We are pleased to be a founding partner of the Cities Power Partnership that will see local governments share ideas and experiences to reduce our emissions.
Partnership action pledges
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Power council operations directly by renewable energy or by purchasing Greenpower. Increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Provide the opportunity for unused council managed land at the former South Fremantle landfill site to be used for renewable energy purposes
Endorse knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design.
Progressively roll out installation of energy efficient lighting in new City-owned buildings and lighting assets. Advocate for and support upgrades to street lighting not maintained by the City to be installed with energy efficient lighting.
City of Fremantle
Of all the levels of government it is at the local level that we are seeing the strongest leadership on the challenge of climate change. As the level of government that is closest to the people, it is clear that the community wants the increasingly pointless political debate put to one side and immediate steps taken towards a low carbon economy.
The City of Fremantle was officially recognised as a leader in sustainability when in 2015 it became the world’s second city to achieve international One Planet certification. As a One Planet Council, the City ensures that the ten One Planet principles of sustainability are embedded across the organisation. Our international One Planet accreditation is confirmation that the City’s efforts are not only effective at a local level but are recognised as being world best practice.
The City has been carbon neutral since 2009 and has a target to be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2025. We are currently finalising a Corporate Energy Plan that will outline how the City should manage its energy consumption and production in order to reach our target. To date, carbon reduction initiatives have included solar PV installation on eight buildings; installation of a natural gas cogeneration system and a shallow geothermal heat pump at the Fremantle Leisure Centre; ongoing energy efficient lighting upgrades and the provision of electric vehicle charging points. The City has also entered into a working agreement with Epuron to investigate a solar farm concept for a former landfill site.
The City of Fremantle recognises the need for Local Governments to lead by example and the importance of knowledge sharing. Joining the Cities Power Partnership will give us the opportunity to share our success stories and collaborate with other Councils who are embarking on similar emissions reduction projects.