Is a Power Partner
energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives
emissions reduction by 2020
kWh/yr energy reduction for Council
Ku-ring-gai Council is proud of its contribution towards raising public awareness of how to live a more sustainable life. We are a leader in local government for energy and water savings and community based initiatives designed to lessen our impact on and heighten protection for our beautiful natural environment.
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
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.
Encourage local businesses and residents to take up 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).
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget – roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.
What we have council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy and broader sustainability
Since 2012 Ku-ring-gai Council has implemented over 55 energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives to reduce energy consumption and emissions at Council facilities, including upgrades to lighting, air-conditioning, hot water systems, solar power, appliances and energy management systems. These initiatives have resulted in
- Annual cost savings for Council of greater than $92,815/yr
- Annual energy reduction for Council of 431,188 kWh/yr
- Annual savings for Council of 500 tCO2e/yr
Additionally, Council has delivered community programs to support local residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy bills. With programs offering rebates for the installation of energy efficient pool pumps, energy audits, and tailored sustainability advice to residents and businesses. Council’s ‘Loving Living Ku-ring-gai’ sustainability event series has attracted over 21,000 participants since 2012.
What we hope to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy and broader sustainability
Council has adopted science based emissions targets that align with the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.
This means we are working to reduce Council emissions by 20% by 2020, relative to 2000 emissions.
To meet this target Council will be continuing to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in our existing facilities, improving the performance standards for new Council buildings, and seeking to upgrade Council street lighting to more energy efficient LED lighting.
Council will also continue to support community efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of households and businesses through local sustainability programs.
Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership
Climate change is an urgent global problem requiring action and innovation from community, business, and all levels government. By partnering with other local councils, Ku-ring-gai will be able to exchange valuable knowledge about the emission reduction technologies and initiatives that work best. The partnership also creates a fantastic opportunity for Council to support a national initiative, through the work it does at a local level.