Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Tweed Shire Council's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners Aboriginal people of the Tweed Bundjalung Nation
  • Member since 2018
  • Population 99,480
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renewable energy for community by 2025

Our journey

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

In 2018, Tweed Shire Council has added more than double its existing rooftop solar on Council facilities. By the end of 2018 Council will be host to 780kW of solar across 15 facilities, generating 6% of its electricity needs from clean, renewable energy. Council’s achievements have come about thanks to the hard work of its facility managers, holding Council’s electricity use steady even as Council takes on new facilities and expands its services to the community. Transport fuel use in Council’s fleet has also decreased each year over the past 3 years despite growth in staff and vehicle numbers during that time.

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

Significant technical analysis has been completed to prepare a Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP) for Council facilities. Energy efficiency and renewable energy projects have been described that will result in relief in carbon emissions and costs associated with Council’s 22GWh/pa electricity demand and $5 million annual electricity bill. Council’s REAP has costed an achievable workplan of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that will result in 25% of Council’s electricity being self-generated from solar by 2022, and 50% from more solar and battery storage by 2025.

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

Council hopes to benefit from greater resource sharing, support and acknowledgement for Council’s efforts and commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improvement energy efficiency and promote greater renewable energy uptake.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Use council resources to support the uptake of renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Support community facilities to access renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.
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.

In the news

Media Release

Enough is enough: Flood affected mayors and councillors call for more support

24 Mar 2022
Thirty-one mayors and councillors from some of the most flood damaged regions have called on the government to do more to protect communities.
Media Release

Mayors and councillors stand together in climate call

04 Mar 2021
Seventeen mayors and councillors have called on the government to recognise the spiralling costs to communities from climate-fuelled extreme weather.
Media Release

Mayors commit to clean, local jobs

20 Oct 2020
Over forty mayors and councillors have released a joint statement committing to economic recovery solutions that create jobs and tackle climate change.

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