Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne
The Cities Power Partnership team is celebrating the pledge achievements of Northern Beaches Council – who are making serious action on their climate goals.

Northern Beaches Council has recently completed two pledges in the categories of Renewable Energy and Work Together and Influence, and they’ve already selected two new pledges to pursue. This article on their website outlines their CPP pledge progress. 

For background, Cities Power Partnership requires our member councils to commit to five pledges across the categories of renewable energy, efficiency, transport and working in partnership. In completing these pledges, council staff must work hard to keep mitigation and adaptation projects funded, maintain interest from the community, as well as support from council stakeholders. 

In a recent media release about their involvement in the CPP, Mayor of Northern Beaches Council, Michael Regan said:

“Since making its initial pledges in 2018, we have successfully met two of them and are making great progress on the remainder. We are now making two more pledges so we can keep moving forward on climate action and help our community to do the same.

“Participation supports the implementation of our environmental sustainability goals and strategies and promotes Council’s efforts in mitigating and adapting to climate change.” 

Northern Beaches Council operates under the tenet that ‘action is the foundational key to all success’, and that progress on their CPP pledges translates directly to a healthy, more sustainable place to live.

The two pledges Northern Beaches Council has completed are:

  • Work Together and Influence: Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.
  • Renewable Energy: Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations). Two resources created for this pledge include the Simplifying Solar and Solar Conversations webpages.

The two new pledges Northern Beaches Council have committed to are:

  • Work Together and Influence: Revise procurement documents, policies and procedures to ensure that suppliers align with Council’s sustainability goals.
  • Renewable Energy: Provide incentive and/or remove barriers to encourage local businesses to take up solar power and battery storage.


Drone image of Manly Aquatic Centre, showing rows of solar panels installed on the roof

Solar panels on the roof at Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Aquatic Centre in North Manly