Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Eurobodalla Shire's climate and sustainability commitments

Eurobodalla Shire is part of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest network of councils leading the way to a sustainable future

  • Traditional Owners People of the Yuin Nation
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 39,362
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renewable energy for council by 2030

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renewable energy for community by 2030

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Net Zero

council emissions by 2040

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Net Zero

community emissions by 2050

Our journey

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

Eurobodalla Shire Council is on track meet its current target of a 25 per cent emissions reduction by 2020, and will have saved over 14,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year and over $1 million per year in the process.

This has been achieved though energy efficiency and demand management programs, installation of more than 630kW of solar power at council facilities, LED street lighting upgrades, and methane flaring at council’s landfills.

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

Eurobodalla Shire Council recently adopted a new Emissions Reduction Plan that will guide efforts to tackle emissions within Council’s operations and in the community. It includes two new targets:

  • Reduce Council’s energy emissions from the 2005/06 baseline by 80 per cent by 2030
  • Source 100 per cent of Council’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030.

To achieve these targets, Council’s actions will include upgrading all remaining street lights to LEDs, investigating opportunities to use methane from landfill gas extraction and to operate a biogas energy plant at Surf Beach sewage treatment works. Facilitating electric car charging infrastructure and developing a Council Climate Adaptation Strategy will take place, and Council will also examine opportunities to use battery storage and investigate a large scale solar farm. The ability to implement the targets will be impacted by NSW and Australian government initiatives and policies.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership

Eurobodalla Shire Council joined the Cities Power Partnership to share with other councils the award-winning work it has done in reducing emissions. Council also hopes to learn about new strategies and actions that have been successfully implemented in other local government areas. Ultimately the Partnership should help us continue reducing our emissions and help other councils and communities to do the same.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
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.
Identify opportunites to turn organic waste into electricity.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.

In the news

Media Release

Enough is enough: Flood affected mayors and councillors call for more support

24 Mar 2022
Thirty-one mayors and councillors from some of the most flood damaged regions have called on the government to do more to protect communities.
Media Release

Mayors and councillors stand together in climate call

04 Mar 2021
Seventeen mayors and councillors have called on the government to recognise the spiralling costs to communities from climate-fuelled extreme weather.
Media Release

Recognising councils’ action on climate change

22 Oct 2018
A council’s floating solar farm and a museum’s energy upgrade project are among local government climate change initiatives recognised in awards.

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