Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

City of Swan's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners Whadjuk People
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 156,254

Our journey

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

The City of Swan has been active in energy efficiency for a number of years, using a holistic approach across the organisation and community. In this time we have completed a total LED retrofit of our administration building, reducing lighting emissions by 61% each year, and installed more than 70kW of rooftop solar panels with plans for substantial further investment in coming years. We have also developed a comprehensive community education program called Thinking Green, trialled electric fleet vehicles and installed two charging stations. The City has targeted efficiency in our fleet emissions and also developed a comprehensive waste management approach, including education and innovative recycling opportunities.

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

The City of Swan intends to develop our activity in energy efficiency in coming years with further rollouts of current initiatives and by seeking new opportunities to drive energy efficiency within our organisation and community. Internal initiatives will be supported with the continued development of a comprehensive and responsive community education program. Specifically, in coming years we aim to introduce LED lighting more widely wherever feasible, to further reduce lighting emissions, to continue with the installation of rooftop solar in keeping with current investment plans and to introduce electric fleet vehicles and further charging stations. We will continue to target efficiency in our fleet emissions and will push a comprehensive waste management approach, including education and innovative recycling.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership

The Council joined the Cities Power Partnership because we want to be a part of, and a leader in the push for more energy efficient and environmentally responsible councils. We are excited to begin working with other like-minded Councils. By sharing information and ideas, in this national collaborative approach, we can move forward and achieve greater outcomes for the benefit of all.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Provide incentives and/or remove barriers to encourage local businesses to take up solar power and battery storage.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Sustainable Transport
Support cycling through provision of adequate cycle lanes, bike parking and end-of-ride facilities.

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.

Swan solar panels save money

03 Sep 2018
IN just six weeks, the City of Swan says it has cut more than $4000 from its energy bill and reduced its CO2 emissions as…

City of Swan joins City Power Partnership

08 Aug 2017
THE City of Swan has decided to join a new program seeking to celebrate and accelerate the emission reduction and clean energy successes of Australian…

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