Willoughby City Council

Is a Power Partner


solar electricity generation


renewables by 2020

Sustainability principles have been a guiding and core value of Willoughby Council since the adoption of its Sustainability Charter in 2008, resulting in actions on climate change, resource use, urban development, and the natural environment. Council has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions through conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney

Council has chosen the following pledges

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.

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.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Willoughby City Council

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

Council’s renewable energy projects, currently total 420kW in solar PV and are rapidly growing and Willoughby is on target for reaching its goal of 20 per cent renewables by 2020. In addition to this a 173kW cogeneration plant is run to provide low carbon heating and power. Council has reduced landfill waste by 36 per cent compared to 2008 and has implemented stormwater harvesting projects. Willoughby maintains extensive bushland reserves to high standards.  Council also runs a range of educational programs for residents and businesses. Council continues to support sustainable urban growth through its building and development policies and processes.

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

Willoughby City Council’s Our Green City Plan 2028 presents how we will achieve environment protection for, and with, our community.  We are committed to protecting, conserving and improving these diverse landscapes, for current and future generations. We have set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets for not only Council operations but also our community.  We also have targets and actions focused on urban growth issues, energy usage, and water and waste management. 

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership 

Willoughby sees the Cities Power Partnership as a great opportunity to share our successes, learn from others, and consider the opportunities for an even more sustainable future.

You can read more about the Willoughby’s work here