The City of Onkaparinga

Is a Power Partner

30% reduction

in corporate emissions since 1998

Solar PV installed

on 24 council owned buildings

Joining the Cities Power Partnership makes the council part of a national solution. Local government can’t sit on its hands and wait for solutions to come to us from other tiers of government or external organisations, we must build capacity together and develop our own ways to tackle climate change

Mayor Rosenberg

Partnership Action Pledge

Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a City’s energy budget – roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

The City of Onkaparinga has completed the changeover of 12,250 street lights to LEDs. This will deliver annual savings of over $500,000 and 2,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (t-C02e).

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

In January 2018 the City of Onkaparinga committed to participating in the Building Upgrade Finance mechanism (BUF). BUF assists building owners to access long-term finance at competitive fixed interest rates to improve the energy, water and waste efficiency of existing commercial and industrial buildings. It is designed to overcome the barriers that exist to energy efficiency upgrades for tenanted buildings.

The City of Onkaparinga

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

We have a long history of working with climate change and began measuring our corporate emissions in 1998. So far we have reduced our emissions by 30% and are looking to accelerate our emissions reduction program in 2018.

We have negotiated with SA Power Networks to changeover 16,000 streetlights to LEDs which will save over 2200 tonnes of ghg emissions per year. Solar power has been installed on 24 buildings that are leased to community groups and clubs.

In 2008 we commissioned a study to understand the risks that climate change will pose to our 31km of coast. Since then, we have been working on projects that strengthen our cliff stability and reduce erosion, funded in part by our Climate Change Fund.

The City of Onkaparinga is an active member of the Resilient South region of councils and we are working collaboratively on climate adaptation planning, including mapping the urban heat island effect using high resolution imagery.

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

Council has committed to planting 100,000 trees to increase our tree canopy cover, cool our city and increase biodiversity. We are accelerating the greening of our facilities by employing a staff member dedicated to reducing the carbon intensity of our facilities using our Revolving Resources Fund.

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.

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