Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

City of Monash's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong People
  • Member since 2018
  • Population 197,980
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Net Zero

council emissions by 2025

Our journey

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

Monash has achieved a number of successes in the past including:

  • Street lighting upgrades which saw the rollout of 8,200 energy-efficient lights across Monash, with the $3.3 million project Council’s largest-ever environmental initiative.
  • Setting up an Environmental Upgrade Finance program, providing commercial buildings or property owners in Monash a pathway to access long-term low-interest loan that helps fund upgrades to improve their building’s environmental performance
  • Supporting renewable energy bulk buys for the community
  • Adopting an environmentally sustainable development (ESD) policy in the local planning scheme

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

Monash is currently working towards:

  • Setting a science-based emissions reduction target for Council and community
  • Setting a renewable energy target for Council
  • Utilising an energy performance contract (EPC)
  • Establishing a policy for Council’s own new builds to have minimum energy efficiency and sustainability standards
  • Training staff in fuel efficient driving techniques

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

With so many councils across Australia working to similar goals, Cities Power Partnership provides a great platform to connect, share knowledge and learn from others. By being a member of the Partnership, Monash will be well placed to make the transition it needs to shift to a more sustainable, clean energy future.


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.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Sustainable Transport
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.
Support cycling through provision of adequate cycle lanes, bike parking and end-of-ride facilities.

Join now and be part of the groundswell of local governments and communities across Australia tackling climate change.