Inner West Council

Is a Power Partner

Over 300kW

solar PV installed on 28 Council buildings

100%

carbon neutral target

The Inner West has long been a leader in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and climate action. The Cities Power Partnership shows that local governments are serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and that Councils have a unique role ensuring our communities remain healthy and sustainable for future generations.

Mayor Darcy Byrne

Partnership Action Pledge

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

Prepare an Inner West Climate and Renewables Strategy with a 100% carbon neutral target for Council.

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

Achieve 100% divestment from fossil fuel aligned investments at the earliest possible date, based on a financially responsible pathway.

Install solar PV on Inner West Council buildings.

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

Investigate the best options and support residents and commercial property managers to install and own solar and renewable energy, including solar PV solutions that will decrease the cost of living for low income households.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up renewable power such as solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approval processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

Implement an urban sustainability community education and behaviour change program to drive the shift to renewable energy and efficiency. Implement an education and behaviour change program to influence the behaviour of council officers, residents and businesses within the municipality to drive the shift to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Inner West Council

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

The Inner West Council provides a range of initiatives and projects to facilitate community sustainability, including access to the Our Energy Future program. This project provides residents, businesses and Council staff with access to impartial energy efficiency and renewable-energy advice, as well as request quotes for renewable-energy technology.

Residents can take part in regularly held solar and energy efficiency workshops through the Council’s Green Living Centre.

Its Compost Collective program supports and encourages residents living in multi-unit dwellings to compost. In 2017, the program diverted the equivalent of four tonnes of food and “green” garden waste.

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

The Inner West Council has resolved to become 100% carbon neutral and achieve 100% divestment from fossil fuel-aligned investments by the earliest possible date. It is also working towards retrofitting all Council-owned buildings with solar PV cells. To further minimise its carbon footprint, the Council is investigating the viability of transitioning the Inner West Council vehicle fleet to an electric fleet, and exploring opportunities to participate in solar farm initiatives.

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership?

The Cities Power Partnership program will complement the work the Inner West Council is already undertaking to meet its sustainability and renewable-energy targets. It also gives the Council access to the experts and resources to help it become 100% carbon neutral.

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