Is a Power Partner
Georges River Council is committed to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of our environment. Our active participation in the Cities Power Partnership will ensure emission reductions and clean energy successes, enabling a sustainable future for the area we live in.
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Provide Council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy through Our Energy Future partnership
Power Council operations by renewables, either directly (with solar PV or wind) or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers).
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.
Install renewable energy on Council buildings, for example, childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds and Council offices.
Create a revolving green energy fund to finance energy efficiency projects and receive savings.
What Georges River Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability:
Council has several solar panels installed on its sites such as libraries and the Council Works Depot at Carlton. We are in the process of arranging panels on additional buildings and new developments.
To further reduce our dependence on non-renewable energy, Council has procured 20% of its electricity from renewable sources, and hopes to increase this over time.
We strive to make our buildings and services as energy efficient as possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some examples include installation of LED lighting and investment in low energy consuming fixtures in new developments.
Council is promoting the Our Energy Future program to advise residents about solar energy opportunities and energy efficient measures that will result in savings to their energy bills.
What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability:
Georges River Council’s mission is to be a leader in delivering outstanding results for the community, including working towards becoming a resilient and sustainable city.
We have recently developed an Energy and Water Management Plan proposing recommendations for increased energy efficiency at Council’s top consuming sites, which, when implemented, should result in at least 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Council has committed to another year of delivering the Our Energy Future program, which will focus on building the capacity of community groups to disseminate information about solar panels and energy efficiency opportunities for households.
Council is also looking towards increasing the availability and uptake of hybrid vehicles within its fleet.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership:
Climate change is a complex challenge that requires action from all areas of society, and all levels of government. Georges River Council is looking forward to collaborating with other local government leaders in sustainability through the Cities Power Partnership, by sharing ideas on cutting edge emissions reductions technologies and other climate change mitigation strategies. Through the program we want to celebrate our past achievements in energy efficiency and renewable energy promotion, and also be accountable to our future commitments.