Logan City Council
Is a Power Partner
36% households & businesses
installed solar PV
biosolids gasification plant to minimise emissions
“Logan City Council was one of the early signatories to the Cities Power Partnership in 2017. We saw the benefit of both learning from the experiences of other local governments and providing leadership in implementing renewable energy and carbon emission reduction opportunities. Since then, Council has set a goal of achieving carbon neutral operations by the end of 2022, we have installed an incredible amount of solar on Council facilities including our administration building, sport centres, libraries, depots and wastewater treatment plants. In early 2022 Council commissioned an Australian-first biosolids gasification plant that minimises the emissions that occur as part of the wastewater treatment process. Our community has also made great strides with more than 47,000 individual solar PV systems operating across the city, which means an incredible 36% of all households and businesses across the city are enjoying the benefits of clean, renewable and low-cost electricity courtesy of the Queensland sun.”
Council has chosen the following pledges
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.
Set up meetings and attend events to work with other cities on tackling climate change.
Logan City Council
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Logan City Council has invested in numerous energy-saving technologies across a range of Council facilities. These have included:
- an industry leading air conditioning system that uses ammonia as the refrigerant gas (which has zero global warming potential)
- variable speed drives on water pumps
- LED facility and street lighting
- voltage reduction equipment
- solar park lighting
- more than two megawatts of solar PV installed across Council’s facilities
- trialling electric vehicles
- an off-grid solar PV system linked to a 95-kilowatt hour Tesla Powerpack battery that powers a water reservoir chlorination system.
More recently Council pioneered an Australian-first, opening our biosolids gasification facility at the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant. The gasifier will help reduce Council’s annual carbon emissions.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Logan City Council’s 2021-2026 Corporate Plan includes a priority of being “a green city”. Council subsequently endorsed its Climate Change Resilience Strategy 2021-2031, which outlines the steps Council will take, in partnership with the community, to help the City of Logan adapt to a changing climate.
This strategy is Logan City Council’s green print for long-term planning and establishes Logan City Council as a leader in climate change resilience and adaptation.
It also aligns with Council’s goal of being a certified carbon neutral organisation by the end of 2022 and builds on our ongoing commitment to reduce energy use.
Logan City Council has also taken the lead on establishing a Climate Resilience Alliance with nine other South East Queensland councils.
The pilot program aims to achieve:
- Increased understanding of key climate risks for Council, the City of Logan community and the broader South East Queensland community
- Regional collaboration on identifying the roles and responsibilities for addressing climate risks across the region
- A region-wide collaborative and cooperative strategy to build climate resilience.
Council’s 2021-2026 Sustainable Fleet Strategy helps to guide the move to an increasingly environmentally sustainable fleet of cars and trucks. It includes a target of 50% of the passenger fleet being hybrid or electric by 2026.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
There are many councils across Australia that are taking amazing steps to reduce carbon emissions. The distances that separate councils means the sharing of knowledge and advice between can be difficult. The Cities Power Partnerships provides this valuable link. We value learning from the experiences of other councils as well as providing leadership in the local government carbon emissions reduction space.