Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

City of Rockingham's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Member since 2018
  • Population 135,943

Our journey

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

The City has long acknowledged the importance of addressing the implications of climate change. The City formally ratified this in 2011, when it became a signatory of Western Australia’s Local Government Association – Climate Change Declaration. Since then the City has installed solar PV panels on 74 Council Buildings, solar lighting in parks and access ways as well as progressively upgrading all existing lights to LEDs. Further, the renewable energy generated by capturing methane at the Millar Road Landfill was 1.5 times the City’s total energy use last year.

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

The City is in the process of developing a Sustainability Strategy that will provide a framework for delivery of actions across six key focus areas: waste, water, energy, health and nature, community engagement and climate response. A Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan is also being prepared to inform the community and decision makers about potential coastal hazards relative to sea level rise, the consequences and necessary actions. The City is also developing a policy position on single use plastics.

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

With 37kms of pristine coastline, a booming population and significant environmental values, the City is continually working to ensure these attributes are protected for future generations. Joining the Cities Power Partnership provides a wonderful platform to communicate and collaborate, with the shared vision of building a sustainable, liveable and prosperous future.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
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.
Sustainable Transport
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.
Work Together and Influence
Set up meetings and attend events to work with other cities on tackling climate change.

In the news

Media Release

Western Australian councils work together for a renewable future

23 Nov 2021
More than 40 council representatives will gather to discuss opportunities to work together to achieve emissions reduction across WA.
Media Release

Rockingham’s latest Sustainability Snapshot released

19 Feb 2020
The City of Rockingham has released its third annual Sustainability Snapshot, which outlines the progress the City has made in a number of key initiatives…

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