Wyndham City Council

Is a Power Partner

As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia, Wyndham faces a range of environmental pressures including rising energy demands and greenhouse emissions. Our community has embraced renewable energy and Wyndham City is proud to be part of Cities Power Partnership.

Mayor Josh Gilligan

Partnership action pledges

Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.

 

 

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

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.

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

Wyndham City Council

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

Wyndham is one of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities, with a population of 272,274 in 2019 forecast to grow to 512,591 by 2041. 

Wyndham City has made a clear commitment to Corporate and Community greenhouse gas reduction targets through the Environment & Sustainability Strategy (2016-2040) which are aligned to meet the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement.

We are one of the founding members of the Victorian Government’s collective climate change program TAKE 2.

Key projects to reduce emissions, increase biodiversity and reduce the impact of climate change include:

  • Wyndham Solar City, an ambitious ongoing project to reduce the City’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through the large-scale roll out of Solar Photovoltaics (PV) across Council’s community buildings. To date, this project has delivered over 2MW of solar across more than 40 community buildings, including swimming pools, sporting grounds, community centres, kindergartens, libraries and municipal offices.
  • Over 350kWh of batteries have been installed at community centres and sporting pavilions to store excess solar energy generated during sunlight hours. The batteries have the potential to supply enough energy to run 20 average sized homes in per year (12kWh/day).
  • Since 2015, Wyndham City has completed energy efficient lighting upgrades at 75 sites in our parks and gardens, reducing greenhouse gasses by 273 tonnes.
  • Wyndham City was also a founding partner of the Lighting the West program to bring sustainable street lighting to the western suburbs. Since the project began in 2014, more than 15,500 lights have been upgraded in Wyndham. When the project is completed it will save over 3,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
  • As well as working to reduce our own greenhouse emissions, Council is also focussed on helping our business community reduce their emissions through a variety of initiatives, including Environmental Upgrade Finance and the EnergySmart Business program.
  • With rapid population growth and development pressures, Wyndham’s road network is increasingly congested, driving the need for more sustainable transport options and alternative ways to travel across, in and out of the City. In 2018/2019 48.6km of share/bike pathways were constructed in Wyndham.
  • Council’s City Forest and Habitat Strategy includes a target of reaching 25% tree canopy coverage in Wyndham’s streets and 35% coverage in local parks by 2040, with 8,390 advanced trees and 10,000 tube stock trees planted in Wyndham’s open spaces in 2018/2019.
  • In 2018-2019, 30,975 indigenous plants were planted into conservation reserves throughout Wyndham.

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

  • A Power Purchase Agreement to purchase 100% renewable electricity for Wyndham City Council operations by December 2020.
  • Building on our work with the Lighting the West project, Wyndham City has committed to upgrading all inefficient street lights on council roads by 2021; replacing a further 6,000 inefficient lights with LEDs. Wyndham City has committed more than $3 million to upgrade nine stormwater treatment wetlands from 2019 – 2022.

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

Supporting the Cities Power Partnership is part of Wyndham City’s ongoing commitment to reducing carbon emissions and protecting our region’s unique natural environment for future generations to enjoy.

By working together, we can achieve more. The Cities Power Partnership provides an important platform for collaboration, enabling councils to share their knowledge and practical experiences, that can be applied at a local level.

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