Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

City of Port Adelaide Enfield's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners Kaurna People
  • Member since 2015
  • Population 129,537

Our journey

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

Achievements by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield over the past five years include:

  • Implementation of an Energy and Water Efficiency Management Plan 2017 – 2022
  • 814kw of solar photovoltaic installed across 40 Councils “operated and owned” and leased buildings
  • Installation of 85kw of battery storage to capitalise on excess solar PV
  • Four building LED lighting upgrades resulting in a reduction of 37.5 t CO2e per annum
  • A feasibility study to upgrade approximately 10,809 residential streetlights to 14W LED
  • Energy audits of high energy use sites
  • PAE diverted 49.7% of the cities domestic waste from landfill in 20/21 (9,646 tonnes of recycling and 15,738 green waste collected from kerbside) avoiding 9,628 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent
  • Installation of a public dual head 22kW EV charging station and two 22kW corporate EV charging stations. and ordered 19 light fleet electric vehicles
  • Rolling out of up to 30public Jolt EV charging stations across PAE
  • One electric waste collection truck trial as part of a joint-council waste contract with Cleanaway

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

As part of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield’s ‘City Plan 2030’ Council has committed to pursuing actions that support the long-term goal of:

In 2030 PAE is a low carbon, water sensitive and climate resilient City and our built heritage is protected, embraced and celebrated throughout the region.

The Cities Power Partnership pledges reflect Council’s ambition to reach Net Zero emissions through the following actions: Establish a Zero Net Emissions target for the organisation and prepare a funded plan to meet that target;

  1. Investigate the establishment of a Council Virtual Power Plant
  2. Complete a business case for Council’s consideration to enable a bulk replacement of streetlights to LED
  3. Establish formal partnerships and work with local developers to deliver leading edge sustainable design outcomes in new developments across the city
  4. Progress the rollout of electric vehicle charging stations to create a city wide network of infrastructure that supports the transition to a low carbon transport system

What does Port Adelaide Enfield hope to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership?

Through participation in the Climate Council’s City Power Partnership program, City of Port Adelaide Enfield will be in a stronger position to respond to its recent climate change emergency declaration, learn from best practice organisations, strengthen leadership and prioritise meaningful action to mitigate its corporate and community emission profiles.


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
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Sustainable Transport
Provide fast-charging infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles.
Encourage sustainable transport use such as public transport, walking and cycling through council transport planning and design.
Work Together and Influence
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.

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