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.
Partnership action pledges
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Use council resources to support the uptake of renewable energy.
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Encourage sustainable transport use such as public transport, walking and cycling through council transport planning and design.
Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets.
Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Northern Beaches Council
What council has achieved in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
• Adopted an ambitious strategy outlining the most effective ways to protect and enhance our natural environment and take action on climate change. Protect. Create. Live – Northern Beaches Environment and Climate Change Strategy 2040 includes aspirations and commitments for both Council and our entire community to work towards.
• 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 installing an additional 400kW this year across 6 sites, bringing the total to 770kW.
• Have now 5 battery electric vehicles, 5 plug-in hybrid and 4 hybrid vehicles in Council’s fleet. Over the next year this will grow as more vehicles come up for replacement.
• 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.
• 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 are implementing the Northern Beaches Transport Strategy: Move 2038. We also support car share facilities, bike networks and have installed additional community accessible electric vehicle charging points.
• 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.
• Delivering 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.
• Committed to becoming plastic free. We want to show leadership so we’ve given over 400 reusable cups to staff. We help you do it too with water fountains for bottle refills.
• Delivering Swap for Good, a program to support and empower local businesses to swap out single-use plastic. Launched in June 2019, the program has now signed up over 60 businesses and continues to engage through networking, events and workshops.
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 continue 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.
Participating 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.