As Australia faces twin climate and health crises, towns and cities of all shapes and sizes have a crucial role to play in investing in initiatives that create jobs and set communities up for the future by tackling long-term problems like climate change.
Towns and cities can shape how land is used, investments are made and how millions of dollars worth of renewable energy infrastructure is rolled out. They can influence how new homes and businesses are built and determine the ways in which hundreds of thousands of residents will travel each day.
Based off analysis from the Climate Council’s Clean Jobs Plan, The Cities Power Partnership’s report ‘Clean jobs for communities: How local governments can create sustainable, strong economies’ shows how local governments can deliver and advocate for opportunities to ensure an economic recovery that empowers communities and creates a sustainable and prosperous future.
In this report you will:
- find out how to choose the right economic recovery initiatives for your community,
- learn the top high impact opportunities for a clean economy, and
- see how it’s being done across the country through over 40 on-the-ground local government case studies that include energy, emissions and financial savings, jobs created and cost figures.
Be fires, floods or covid-19, local governments have been at the forefront to the response of economic recovery.
Local governments across Australia can lead communities through a zero carbon recovery by prioritising local jobs, building sustainable infrastructure and investing in renewables.
– City of Ryde Mayor, Jerome Laxale
Top opportunities for Councils
- Drive renewable energy and storage within councils and communities to lower power bills and increase energy independence and resilience.
- Accelerate, and advocate for, sustainable transport to future proof cities and connect communities and regions.
- Roll out energy efficiency measures within council and the community to create jobs, reduce energy costs and create more comfortable homes and workplaces.
- Increase revegetation and urban greening, as well as undertake ecosystem restoration to maintain unique biodiversity, clean air and water and healthy communities.
- Integrate circular economy principles across council to close the loop on resource use, such as enhancing organic waste collection and processing, to create jobs and cut carbon emissions.
- Support local businesses to be more sustainable through opportunities like increasing the uptake of renewable energy, aiding energy efficiency upgrades and waste management support.
- Actively engage communities to provide a clear understanding of the importance and benefits of a sustainable and resilient economic recovery.
- Prioritise local businesses, skills and suppliers for new or ongoing projects and ensure sustainability is at the core of council purchasing.