100% Renewables had the pleasure to catch up with many of our clients at the recent Cities Power Partnership Summit in Kiama. The Cities Power Partnership is Australia’s largest local government climate network, made up of over 100 councils across the country, representing almost 11 million Australians. Local councils who join the partnership make five action pledges in either renewable energy, efficiency, transport or working in partnership to tackle climate change.
The summit started with an inspiring international keynote address from US renewable energy visionary Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster, California. Lancaster was the first city in the United States to require solar panels on new homes and has a plan to become the first zero net energy city, generating as much renewable electricity as it consumes.
While planning rules are different in Australia, Mayor Rex’s speech resonated strongly with participants. With many of the following presentations showcasing innovative renewable energy projects by Australian councils, it became clear that we can be climate leaders, too, and that ambitious commitments and actions are needed to avert catastrophic climate change.
100% Renewables has been tracking ambitious sustainability commitments made by all levels of Australian government since we developed the Renewable Energy Master Plan for Lismore City Council in 2014. In May 2017, we published our first blog post on the energy and carbon commitments of states, territories and local governments. In March 2018, we posted an update of the carbon and renewable energy commitments.
Our updated review of carbon and renewable energy commitments, immediately following the Cities Power Partnership summit, reveals that local governments are accelerating their commitments and implementation of actions to drive sustainability outcomes. In addition, the ACT Government continued to demonstrate its leadership in climate action at the summit, talking about their plans for sustainable transport and extending an offer to local governments to join in their initiative to source electric vehicles in the ACT Government fleet.
Updated local government ambitious renewable energy and carbon commitments
With more and more local governments committing to ambitious goals, we developed state-by-state graphics that show these commitments. The ACT, NSW and Victorian councils are leading the way. Five graphics show the extent of local government commitments below, with capital cities and the ACT highlighted in orange.
As more and more councils commit to substantially reduce their emissions and source their own energy needs from renewables we will capture these and share them in the future. In addition, we will capture and report on commitments made for communities.
Ambitious renewable energy and carbon commitment by NSW councils and the ACT Government
Ambitious renewable energy and carbon commitment by VIC councils
Ambitious renewable energy and carbon commitment by QLD councils
Ambitious renewable energy and carbon commitment by SA councils
Ambitious renewable energy and carbon commitment by WA councils
100% Renewables specialises in helping local governments and their communities define and achieve ambitious carbon and renewable energy goals. If you are interested in hearing more about our projects with councils, please contact Barbara or Patrick.
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