City of Port Phillip

Is a Power Partner

Carbon target

zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2020


St Kilda Town Hall solar PV system
Having smart solutions for a sustainable future is a key strategic direction in our Council Plan and we believe the Cities Power Partnership will be a great resource as we work towards this outcome
Mayor Bernadene Voss

Partnership action pledges

Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.



Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.

Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

Provide incentives and/or remove barriers to encourage local businesses to take up solar power and battery storage.

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at no cost.

Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets.

City of Port Phillip

What Port Phillip has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:

Port Phillip Council is committed to supporting a sustainable future for our city, which is reflected by strategic direction three of our Council Plan – we have smart solutions for a sustainable future.

Our key priorities to achieve by 2027 are;

  • A greener, cooler and more liveable City
  • A City with lower carbon emissions
  • A City that is adapting and resilient to climate change
  • A water sensitive City
  • A sustained reduction in waste

Sustainable Environment Strategy (2018-2028)

This strategy outlines the actions required over the next 10 years that will deliver on our key priorities and allocate budget and a timeline. It has a ten-year horizon as we believe a long-term view is required to effect changes to our environment.

Sustainable City Community Action Plan (2017-2020)

Council is committed to supporting our community to become more sustainable. The Sustainable City Community Action Plan details exciting initiatives that Council will take, over three years, to support the community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water consumption.

Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (2019)

City of Port Phillip Council is participating in an innovative wind power project which will reduce our total emissions by 87%. Everything from street lights to Council buildings, will be powered by zero emission electricity, starting in 2019. We are part of an Australian first and a model for the future – partners working together for shared sustainability and prosperity, and using new, market-based approaches to transform and decarbonise Australia’s electricity system. Led by the City of Melbourne, the MREP partners plan to purchase 88 GWh of electricity each year, the equivalent to powering more than 17,000 households in Melbourne annually, and, because the wind farm will produce more electricity than the MREP partners need, the total emission savings will be even greater.

City Of Port Phillip received the Government Award at the 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Awards for its part in the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.

Energy Efficiency and Solar Program

This program forms a vital part of Council’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100% by 2020/2021. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs through the implementation of a range of energy efficiency and Solar Photo Voltaic projects in Council buildings. The project, which includes investigation, design and implementation, has an annual budget of $500,000

South Melbourne Market

South Melbourne Market has a number of projects to reduces its environmental impact.  It’s impressive approach to waste management means that all green waste is fed to millions of worms. The rest of the organic waste is collected and funnelled into a Gaia machine, which ferments and dehydrates, turning waste into fertiliser in just ten hours.

The Market also has a 34k.W PV solar panel system installed on the roof and a 500,000litre rainwater tank. They have introduced a ban on single use plastic shopping bags.

Solar at Council

In 2016, City of Port Phillip Council Installed a 172kW solar system on St Kilda Town Hall, avoiding 300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and saving $44,000 annually. The panels covering the roof of the St Kilda Town Hall, generating a minimum of 234,000 kilo-watt hours each year to help power the large, historic building.

What Port Phillip hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:

A staged rollout of solar panels on other Council-owned buildings has already begun, including libraries, community centres and the expansion of solar at South Melbourne Market.

Our new council Environment Strategy, together with our new Sustainable City Community Action Plan, will launch in 2018. These will contain a raft of targets and initiatives to support sustainable living and actively reduce council and community impacts on our environment and society.

Port Phillip has a suite of existing sustainability strategies and plans developed to support our community to both adapt to a changing climate and reduce impacts associated with energy, water, waste and transport.