What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
As part of our commitment to reducing emissions, we have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on several large City-owned buildings, including the Civic Centre, an aquatic centre, indoor recreation facility, library and other smaller community buildings.
At two high-use City facilities, we installed technology to help us understand and monitor energy use, which allowed us to implement efficiency measures. We also replaced floodlighting with LED lights at a number of sporting fields and car parks to reduce power use and enhance the sustainability of these facilities.
In 2020, the City became a signatory to WALGA’s Climate Change Declaration, demonstrating our commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change through energy reduction initiatives outlined in the City’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy and supported by the Environment Policy.
As part of a review of the City’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy 2020/21-2024/25, we also set emission reduction targets in three categories – Energy, Fleet Fuel and Landfill Waste. The introduction of additional hybrid and electric light passenger vehicles has already seen a reduction in the City’s fleet emissions.
We have also committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity for the City’s contestable (high consuming) sites from 2024/25.
What council hopes to achieve in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
We are currently investigating the installation of additional solar PV systems with battery storage to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, as well as replacing appliances that rely on these types of fuels, such as gas used for air and water heating and cooking purposes, at more City-owned buildings.
Recent updates to the City’s Fleet Purchasing Policy specify that new vehicles must be low carbon emission hybrid or electric vehicles, and in future, we aim to incorporate more electric and alternative fuel vehicles as part of our fleet.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
The City of Wanneroo hopes to share the good work we are undertaking in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and sustainability and create new network connections for further knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas and case studies.