Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

City of Onkaparinga's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners People of the Kaurna nation
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 175,711

Our journey

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

  • Our Towards Zero Corporate Emissions Roadmap builds on our long history of working with climate change. We began measuring our corporate emissions in 1998
  • The City of Onkaparinga is an active member of the Resilient South region of councils and we work collaboratively on climate adaptation planning
  • A Coastal Adaptation Study helped us to understand the risks that climate change will pose to our 31km of coast and will inform a Coastal Adaptation Plan to be developed in 2023. Since then, we have been working on projects that strengthen our cliff stability and reduce erosion, funded in part by our Climate Change Fund
  • Council has committed to planting 100,000 trees to increase our canopy cover, cool our city and increase biodiversity. In the last five years we have planted over 47,000 trees, and we prioritise our program based on urban heat, tree canopy and social disadvantage

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

Our new Climate Change Response Plan 2022-27 responds to current science and act on the recommendations of our climate risk assessments.

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

Local government is at its best when we work together on shared issues. Councils have an important role in supporting the low carbon economy. We are also the level of government most impacted by extreme events. A recent survey of our residents found that 84% of respondents report having already experienced the effects of climate change and believe that the City of Onkaparinga should take some responsibility for responding to these challenges.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Create a revolving green energy fund to finance renewable energy projects.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Work Together and Influence
Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

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