Northern Beaches Council

Is a Power Partner

370kW solar installed

on over 34 council buildings

Northern Beaches Council is proud to be part of the growing wave of future-minded communities and councils Australia-wide who share our passion for championing sustainability and climate change action. We are committed as an organisation, a community and as leaders to protecting and taking care of our environment for future generations. We look forward to learning from fellow CPP councils and drawing on our established relationship with local partners to further our contribution to a sustainable community.

Mayor Michael Regan

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 such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations)

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

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.

Northern Beaches Council

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

  • Installed more solar panels so that we now have more than 370 kW of solar panels on 34 Council buildings including our depots, children’s centres, lifesaving clubs and our administrative centres. We are planning to install an additional 400kW this financial year, bringing the total to 770kW.  
  • Purchased three battery electric vehicles in addition to our two plug-in hybrid vehicles. Council’s electric vehicle fleet will grow to a total of 12 vehicles over the next 12 months.
  • Upgraded our sports grounds with energy efficient lighting. You can see Council’s new lights at St Matthews Farm, Old Reub Hudson Oval and North Narrabeen Reserve. We’ve also improved our energy efficiency at six other sites including two car parking stations in Manly by upgrading our lighting.
  • Reduced our energy usage at Manly Library and Manly Town Hall with more efficient air conditioning systems.
  • Partnered with Ausgrid to accelerate the replacement of our residential street lights with LED’s to reduce our energy consumption, reduce the light being spilt to the night sky by approximately 90%, keeping the light within the roadway and transitioning away from mercury vapour lights. You can find out more information on this program here.
  • Agreed to enter into a long term agreement to purchase up to 30% of our electricity from renewable sources.
  • Made it easier for our community to use sustainable transport options. Council worked with the NSW Government to bring the B-Line bus service to the beaches. We have recently adopted a Northern Beaches Transport Strategy: Move 2038. We also support car share facilities, provision of electric vehicle charging points and bike networks.
  • Supported innovation with the installation of SOURCE water hydropanels at Currawong Holiday Cottages. in partnership with Zero Mass Water and ARENA. They produce clean drinking water from air and build resilience into the water supply of the site. 
  • Committed to becoming plastic free. We want to show leadership and over the next two years we will work directly with our local businesses to reduce their plastic use. 


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

Northern Beaches Council wants to become a leader in sustainability and importantly we want to encourage and support our community to become leaders too. In doing this will reduce our energy use, align our strategic plans to work towards national and international goals and reduce our emissions. We want to improve our sustainable transport networks and diversity of options to meet the needs of our community now and into the future.

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

Council wants to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to real action to mitigate and adapt to climate change and deliver on the aspiration in our draft Community Strategic Plan to show real leadership in environmental sustainability.

Joining increases our focus on reducing Council’s and the community’s energy use and carbon emissions, producing additional economic benefits as well by reducing costs to Council and individual households and businesses.

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