Blacktown City Council
Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.
Blacktown City Council
What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability.
Council has run a continuous program of energy efficiency improvements for over a decade – through lighting and air conditioning retrofits, an Energy Performance Contract for 14 of our largest buildings, installation of voltage optimisers at two large sites and a Building Management System in our Civic Centre. We participated in Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Council’s ‘Light Years Ahead’ project, replacing over 2,500 mercury vapour street lamps with LED, saving an estimated 787 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Conducted from 2006–12, Blacktown Solar City left a lasting legacy for residents and businesses who took up solar PV and hot water system packages and, for Council which added more than 330 kW of solar panels to its buildings. Additional solar PV installations on Council buildings, bring our total behind-the–meter installations to almost 600 kW.
We use a blend of 20% biodiesel to power our diesel vehicles. Our community’s waste is sorted at UR-3R, an alternative waste treatment plant, where organics are composted and recyclables that were placed in the general waste bin are recovered for recycling. Our 2008–11 Regenesis partnership project with Liverpool Plains Shire Council planted 18 carbon forests with locally native species, sequestering carbon and supporting biodiversity.
What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability
Our recent energy audit of all Council sites identified further cost effective energy efficiency improvements and additional rooftop solar opportunities. We are working on these as finances become available.
We are investigating a range of long-term procurement options for offsetting Council’s operational energy with 100% renewable energy. If financially and practically feasible, this would reduce emissions directly attributable to Council operations—including street lighting—by up to 80%.
What does Council hope to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership?
Blacktown City is large and developing quickly. Our population of 350,000 is forecast to increase to 522,000 by 2036. The way we all source and manage energy makes a real difference now and well into the future. We welcome the chance to work with other councils to improve our knowledge, share our experience and advocate for a sustainable energy supply that is reliable, affordable by all, clean and renewable.