We are committed to protecting and enhancing our natural environment and practising sustainable living. These core objectives form part of our Community Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018 – 2028. To complement our efforts we have become a Cities Power Partnership (CPP) Partner.
The Cities Power Partnership is Australia’s largest local government climate network, made up of over 115 Councils in the country, representing almost 11 million Australians. Founded by the Climate Council of Australia, the program recognises and supports emissions reduction projects by local councils who together are transitioning to a cleaner economy.
Our initial task as a CPP partner was to select five action pledges in either renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport or advocacy. In March 2019 we pledged to:
T1 - Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of hybrid and/or electric vehicles
T2 - Provide fast-charging user pays infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles
EE1 - Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications
EE2 - Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all Council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures
RE3 - Install solar power on council buildings
Implementing these pledges allows us to build on successes achieved through our existing Waste Strategy, Environmental Leadership and Sustainable Shellharbour programs. The CPP also provides opportunities to work with other member councils across Australia to explore innovative ways to reduce emissions.