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Net zero commitments by states, local governments and communities – Dec 2021

About the net zero tracker for governments and communities

100% Renewables has been tracking ambitious carbon, net zero and renewable energy commitments made by all levels of Australian governments and communities since 2014. In May 2017, we published our first blog post on the energy and carbon commitments of states, territories and local governments. We posted several updates since then – in March 2018, October 2018, October 2019 and most recently in September 2020.

In this update, we present graphics with current state and territories commitments. We also show commitments by capital cities, local governments and communities. We show how ambitious commitments have grown over time and report on memberships by local governments of the Cities Power Partnership, CEDAMIA, the Global Compact of Mayors, C40, Cities Race to Zero, ICLEI and the Climate Active program.

Our maps highlight renewable energy and carbon commitments of councils that are seeking to lead for their regions and have set targets aligned with their context. We are working on developing an additional net zero leaders list of local governments that are committed to and/or have achieved net zero emissions in line with science.

To help you with navigating this page, please find links to the sections below:

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Leaderboard of states and territories

Before we go into detailed commitments made by local governments and their communities, let’s first have a look at the net zero commitments of the Commonwealth, states and territories.

Climate action targets of all states and territories are broadly in line with the Paris Agreement, which calls for zero net emissions to be reached by mid-century to avoid catastrophic climate change. However, in addition to setting long-term net zero goals, states should set interim targets to ensure that emissions reduction starts immediately.

An important development since our last publication is that in October 2021, the Commonwealth Government has now committed to net zero emissions by 2050.

Australia~20% from renewable energy sources by 2020 (33,000 GWh by 2020)
(Target achieved)
Net zero emissions by 2050
ACT100% renewable electricity by 2020 (Target achieved in October 2019)40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2020
Net zero emissions by 2045
NSW20% from renewable energy in line with the RET50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 2005 levels by 2030
Net zero emissions by 2050
NT50% renewable energy by 2030Net zero emissions by 2050
SA50% renewable energy production by 2025
(Target achieved in 2018).
Net zero emissions by 2050
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030
TAS100% renewable energy by 2022
200% renewable energy by 2040
Net zero emissions by 2050
QLD50% renewable energy by 2030Net zero emissions by 2050
30% emissions reduction below 2005 levels by 2030
VIC25% renewable energy by 2020
40% renewable energy by 2025
50% renewable energy by 2030
Net zero emissions by 2050
Reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 28-33% by 2025 and 45-50% by 2030
WANo targetNet zero emissions by 2050

Figure 1: Ambitious renewable energy and carbon commitments by states and territories

Leaderboard of capital cities

Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have been carbon neutral for many years and were recently joined by Adelaide. The ACT Government has strong carbon reduction targets in place, while Perth has committed to a carbon reduction target of 30% by 2030. Hobart has now committed to 100% net renewable electricity by 2040 while Darwin aims for net zero Council-controlled emissions by 2030.

ACT Government100% renewable electricity by 2020
40% reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 by 2020
50-60% reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 by 2025
65-75% reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 by 2030
90-95% reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 by 2040
Net zero emissions by 2045
Adelaide100% renewable from July 2020
Carbon neutral from 2020
First carbon neutral town by 2050
BrisbaneCarbon neutral council from 2017
DarwinNet zero Council-controlled emissions by 2030
Hobart100% net renewable electricity by 2040
Reduce 2020 corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030
Melbourne100% renewable energy from 2019
Carbon neutral from 2012
Sydney80% reduction in emissions generation by end June 2025, from 2006 baseline
Maintain emissions from the City's fleet below 2014 levels, and aim to achieve zero fleet emissions by 2035 or sooner
Certified carbon neutral annually since 2011
Using 100% renewable electricity since July 2020

Leaderboard of local governments

In total, 114 councils out of 537 Australian local governments have now made ambitious commitments. This number covers 21% of all councils. Eighty nine councils have committed to net zero emissions before 2050.

While NSW leads in terms of absolute numbers of councils committing to ambitious targets, the ACT leads in terms of relative commitments per state/territory, followed by Victorian local governments, as can be seen in the table below.


Looking solely at the number of councils committing to ambitious targets does not give the full picture. An equally or more important metric is the fraction of the country’s population that is covered by these commitments by councils who are looking to lead their communities by example.

Adding this dimension shows that the ACT, Victoria and Queensland are leading. It also shows that 58% of Australia’s population is covered by ambitious commitments.

Figure 2: Ambitious commitments by population covered

IN 2020

How local government commitments changed from 2017 to 2021

Since we last published our ambitious commitments, more than 50 additional councils and communities have been added to the list.

Figure 3 and Figure 4 show how much ambitious commitments by local governments and communities have grown since we started tracking them in 2017.

Figure 3: Growth in ambitious council commitments from 2017 to 2021

Figure 4: Growth in ambitious communities commitments from 2017 to 2021


List of ambitious commitments by local governments

The following table showcases ambitious carbon, renewable energy and net zero commitments by capital cities and local governments and their communities.

1ACTACT100% renewable electricity by 202065-75% reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 by 2030
Net zero emissions by 2045
2NSWBallina Shire CouncilUsing 100% renewable electricity for our operations by 2030Reducing our operational greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero emissions by 2030
3NSWBathurst Regional Council50% of council's electricity consumption to be from renewable sources by 2025
4NSWBega Valley Shire CouncilNet zero emissions, with interim target of 100% renewable electricity by 2030
5NSWBellingen Shire Council100% renewable energy by 203045% carbon reduction by 2030 (based on 2010 emissions levels)
Zero net emissions (carbon neutral) by 2040
6NSWBlacktown City Council100% renewable electricity by 2025Net zero emissions from FY 2021
7NSWBroken Hill Council100% renewable energy status by 2030
8NSWBlue Mountains City CouncilCarbon neutral by 2025
9NSWByron Bay Council100% renewable energy by 2027Net zero by 2025
10NSWCentral Coast Council60% emissions reduction of Council emissions (below 2017/18 levels) by 2022 and 85% by 2028
11NSWCity of Canada BayNet zero emissions by 2030
12NSWCity of Newcastle100% renewable electricity from 2020
13NSWCity of Ryde100% renewable energy by 2030Net zero emissions by 2030 for council
14NSWClarence Valley Council50 per cent renewable sources [to power council operations] by 2030Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (excluding landfill emissions) by 40 per cent by 2030
15NSWCoffs Harbour City Council100% renewable energy by 203050% reduction in emissions (on 2010 levels) by 2025
16NSWDubbo Regional Council50% renewable energy by 2025
17NSWEurobodalla Shire Council100% renewable energy by 2030
18NSWFederation CouncilElectricity neutral (i.e. generating electricity equal to, or greater than its consumption) by June 2025
19NSWForbes Shire CouncilNet zero emissions in electricity usage by 2030 and net zero emissions in relation to Council's fleet by 2040
20NSWHawkesbury City CouncilNet Zero Emissions by 2030 or earlier
21NSWHornsby Shire Council32% emissions reduction from 2018 by 2025
53% emissions reduction from 2018 by 2030
22NSWHunter’s Hill Council100% renewable energy by 2030
23NSWInner West Council100% renewable electricity by 2025Carbon neutral by 2025
100% divestment from fossil fuel
24NSWGeorges River Council100% renewable target by 2025Net zero carbon emissions by 2025 or as soon as practicable
25NSWKiama Council50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025Net Zero emissions for Council operations by 2031
26NSWKu-ring-gai CouncilAchieve 100% renewable energy by 2030, whilst pursuing efforts to reach this target by 2025Net zero emissions by 2040, or earlier, and a 50% reduction, by 2030
100% reduction in fleet emissions by 2040
27NSWKyogle Council25% electricity from on-site solar by 2025
50% renewable electricity by 2025
100% renewable electricity by 2030
28NSWLane Cove Municipal CouncilAchieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2036 based on 2016/17 levels
29NSWLismore City CouncilSelf-generate all electricity needs from renewable sources by 2023
30NSWMid-Coast Council100% renewable electricity for its operations by 2040Net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its operations, including its facilities, transport fleet and landfills by 2040
31NSWMosman Municipal CouncilNet zero emission target for Council operations by 2030
32NSWNambucca CouncilZero net carbon emissions within the 2030 to 2050 time frame
33NSWNarrandera Shire CouncilUp to 100% renewable energy for Council's electricity supply by 2030Up to 75% savings in greenhouse gas emissions from Council's facilities by 2030
34NSWNorthern Beaches CouncilAll suitable sites being powered by renewable electricity by 2030Net zero emissions by 2045
60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2040
Aspiration to achieve net zero emissions by 2030
35NSWParramatta CouncilCarbon neutral by 2022
36NSWPort Macquarie-Hastings Council100% renewable energy by 2027
37NSWPort Stephens CouncilCarbon neutral by 2025
38NSWRandwick Council100% renewable by 2030 for stationary and transport energyZero emissions by 2030
39NSWSutherland Shire CouncilCarbon neutral by 2030
40NSWSydney100% renewable electricity since July 2020.80% reduction in emissions generation by end June 2025, from 2006 baseline
Maintain emissions from the City's fleet below 2014 levels, and aim to achieve zero fleet emissions by 2035 or sooner
Certified carbon neutral annually since 2011
41NSWTweed Shire Council25% less electricity related carbon emissions (as tonnes CO2-e) than 2016/17 by 2022
50% less electricity related carbon emissions (as tonnes CO2-e) than 2016/17 by 2025
Net zero emissions by 2030
42NSWUpper Hunter Shire CouncilCarbon neutral by 2030
43NSWWagga Wagga City CouncilNet Zero Emissions by 2040
44NSWWaverley Council70% reduction of Council emissions (2003/04 levels) by 2030
Carbon neutral by 2050
45NSWWilloughby City Council100 per cent renewable energy target by 2022 for Council operationsNet zero by 2025 for council operations
46NSWWollongong CouncilAspirational emissions reduction target of zero emissions by 2030
47NSWWoollahra Municipal CouncilCarbon neutral from 2020
48NTCity of DarwinNet-zero Council-controlled emissions by 2030
49QLDBrisbane City CouncilCarbon neutral since 2017
50QLDCairns Regional CouncilReduce emissions by 50% below 2007/08 levels by 2020
51QLDGold Coast City CouncilCarbon neutral by 2020
52QLDIpswich City CouncilReduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2026 (baseline 2016/17)
53QLDLogan CouncilCarbon neutral by 2022
54QLDNoosa CouncilNet zero emissions by 2026
55QLDSunshine Coast CouncilNet zero emissions by 2041
56QLDTownsville City CouncilCarbon neutral Council by 2040
Zero landfill by 2030
57SACity of Adelaide100% renewable from July 2020Carbon neutral from 2020
Zero net emissions from council operations by 2020
58SACity of Charles SturtAchieve 100% renewable electricity for Council operations by end of 2023 financial year50% emissions reduction based on 2017/18 levels by 2025
Net zero corporate emissions by 2023/24
59SACity of Holdfast BayBecome a carbon neutral council by 2030
60SACity of Marion100% renewable electricity contractCarbon neutral for its own operations by 2030
61SACity of MitchamPurchase 100% of Council's energy from renewable sources by 2030
Change all streetlights to energy efficient technology by 2030
Fund an ambitious and accelerated transition towards Council's fleet being fully renewables powered by 2030
Net zero emissions by 2050
62SACity of UnleyAims to be carbon neutral for its corporate emissions by December 2023.
63TASCity of Launceston Council100% renewables by 2025100% neutrality of carbon emissions by 2025
64VICAlpine Shire CouncilNet zero greenhouse gas emissions from Council operations by July 2023
65VICBanyule City CouncilCarbon neutral operations by 2028
66VICBass Coast Shire CouncilZero net emissions by 2030
67VICBayside City CouncilCarbon neutral from 2020
68VICBorough of Queenscliffe100% renewable energy by 2025 for councilNet zero emissions by 2031 for council
69VICBrimbank City Council50% reduction in corporate greenhouse emissions by 2023
70VICCasey City CouncilCarbon neutral by 2040
71VICCity of Ballarat Council100% renewables by 2025Zero emissions by 2025
72VICCity of Greater Bendigo100% renewable energy by 2036
73VICCity of Greater Geelong100% renewable electricity supply for all City owned and operated buildings and streetlights by 2025City-managed operations to be carbon neutral by 2025
City-owned light fleet vehicles to be powered by zero-emission sources by 2030
74VICCity of Port PhillipZero net emissions by 2020
75VICCity of Yarra100% renewable electricity since 2019Carbon neutral since 2012
76VICDarebin City CouncilCarbon neutral by 2020 for both operations and the community
77VICFrankston City CouncilZero net emissions by 2025
78VICGlen EiraNet zero emissions from operations by 2025
79VICGolden Plains Shire CouncilNet zero emissions by 2040
50% reduction in Council emissions by 2023
80VICHepburn CouncilCarbon neutral by 2021
81VICHobsons BayReach zero net GHG emissions from council's activities by 2020
82VICIndigo Shire CouncilNet zero GHG emissions by 2035, or earlier
83VICKingston City CouncilCouncil's own target for our corporate emissions is net zero by 2025.
84VICKnox City CouncilNet zero emissions by 2030
85VICMacedon Ranges Shire CouncilZero net emissions by 2030-2031
86VICManningham CouncilNet zero emissions by 2028 for Council operations
87VICMaroondah City CouncilCarbon neutral from 2020
88VICMoonee Valley City CouncilCarbon neutral from 2020
89VICMaribyrnong City CouncilNet zero corporate CO2 emissions from 2015
90VICMelbourne100% renewable energy from 2019Carbon neutral since 2012 for council operations
91VICMelton City CouncilNet-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040
92VICMonash CouncilNet zero emissions by 2025
93VICMoreland Council100% renewable energy by 2019Carbon neutral for operations since 2012
94VICMornington Peninsula CouncilCarbon neutral from 2021
95VICMount Alexander Shire CouncilCarbon neutral by 2025
96VICStrathbogie Shire CouncilZero net emissions by 2025
97VICWarrnambool City CouncilZero net emissions by 2040
98VICWellington Shire CouncilNet zero emissions by 2040
99VICWhittlesea City CouncilZero net emissions organisation by 2022
100VICWyndhamCarbon neutral for corporate GHG emissions by 2040
101VICYarra Ranges Shire CouncilTransition all council services and infrastructure to 100% renewable energy by 2030.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% on 2005 levels by 2025
Net zero emissions by 2040
102WABusselton CityTo generate 100% of the City of Busselton electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030.To reduce City of Busselton corporate carbon emissions per capita to 50% on 2017/18 levels by 2030.
103WACity of ArmadaleNet zero emissions by 2030
104WACity of BayswaterCorporate renewable energy target of 100% by 2030Corporate GHG emissions reduction target of 100% by 2040
105WACity of Fremantle100% renewable energy by 2025Carbon neutral since 2009
106WACity of Greater GeraldtonNet zero carbon position by 2030
107WACity of Melville100% net zero organisational emissions by 2030
108WACity of Stirling100 per cent renewable electricity supply by 203070 per cent carbon emissions reduction target by 2030
109WACity of Subiaco100 per cent renewable energy by 2025Carbon neutral from 2021
Reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030.
110WACity of VincentZero net greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 2030
111WAMandurahCarbon neutral by 2020
112WAThe Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverNet Zero emissions by 2030
113WAThe Shire of Denmark Council50 per cent reduction in the Shire's greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
114WATown of Victoria ParkBecome a zero-carbon local government by 2030

From the list above, 100% Renewables is proud to have developed many of the strategies and plans for councils that have committed to ambitious targets, and/or helped them to deliver on their target, including:


Net zero commitments by NSW regional councils


Figure 5: Net zero commitments by local governments in New South Wales regional areas as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by NSW metro councils

Figure 6: Net zero commitments by local governments in New South Wales metro areas as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by VIC regional councils

Figure 7: Net zero commitments by local governments in VIC regional areas as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by VIC metro councils

Figure 8: Net zero commitments by local governments in VIC metro areas as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by QLD councils



Figure 9: Net zero commitments by local governments in Queensland as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by SA councils

Figure 10: Net zero commitments by local governments in South Australia as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by WA councils

Figure 11: Net zero commitments by local governments in Western Australia as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by NT councils

Figure 12: Net zero commitments by local governments in Northern Territory as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by TAS councils

Figure 13: Net zero commitments by local governments in Tasmania as at Dec 2021

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List of ambitious commitments by communities

Most local governments are still focusing on their own operations by developing targets and actions plans. With the increasing need to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, more and more councils are now looking at how they can lead and facilitate carbon mitigation (and adaptation & resilience planning) in their communities.

The following table shows net zero, renewable energy and carbon commitments made by local governments on behalf of their community.

1NSWArmidale Regional CouncilNet zero CO2 emissions by achieving National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) certification by 2030
2NSWBlacktown CityAspirational Blacktown City target of net zero emissions by 2040
3NSWByron Bay CommunityNet zero by 2025
4NSWCity of Canada BayNet zero emissions by 2050
5NSWCity of RydeNet zero emissions by 2040 for community
6NSWCity of WollongongNet zero emissions by 2050
7NSWClarence Valley CouncilNet zero emissions by 2050
An aspirational target of net zero emissions by 2040
8NSWHawkesbury City CouncilCarbon neutral LGA by 2036
9NSWInner West Council100% of schools have installed solar by 2036
Solar PV capacity is 20 times greater than in 2017 by 2036
Community emissions are 75% less than in 2017 in 2036
10NSWKu-ring-gai CouncilNet zero GHG emissions by 2040
11NSWLane Cove CouncilAchieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2036 based on 2016/17 levels
12NSWLockhartPlan for town to be powered by renewable energy and operating on a microgrid
13NSWMosman Municipal CouncilAspirational net zero target for the Community by 2040
14NSWMullumbimby100% renewable energy by 2020
15NSWSydney50% of electricity demand met by renewable sources by 2030Reduce emissions by 70% for the LGA by 2030
Net zero emissions by 2035
16NSWTweed Shire CouncilNet zero emissions by 2030
17NSWTyalgum VillagePlan to be off the grid
100% renewable energy, with batteries
18NSWUralla TownPlan to be first zero net energy town
19NSWWaverley Council70% reduction of community emissions (2003/04 levels) by 2030
Carbon neutral by 2050
20NSWWilloughby City CouncilBy 2028 our community will emit at least 50 per cent less GHG emission compared with 2008/09
Our community will achieve net-zero emission in the 2040's or sooner.
By 2023 our community will achieve a 200 per cent increase in solar PV capacity compared with 2017/18
21NTCity of DarwinDarwin community to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040
22SACity of AdelaideZero net carbon emissions by 2025
23SACity of Holdfast BayWork towards becoming a carbon neutral community by 2030
24VICBass Coast Shire CouncilZero net emissions by 2030
25VICBorough of Queenscliffe100% renewable electricity supply by 2025 for communityNet zero emissions by 2031 for community
26VICCardinia Shire Council36% reduction in per capita community emissions by 2024
27VICCity of DarebinZero net carbon emissions across Darebin by 2020
28VICGlen EiraNet zero emissions from the community by 2030
29VICHealesvilleNet zero town by 2027
30VICHobsons BayReach zero net GHG emissions from the community's activities by 2030
31VICKingston City CouncilNet zero community emissions by 2030
32VICKnox City CouncilKnox community to reach net zero emissions by 2040
33VICManningham CouncilNet zero emissions by 2035 for the Manningham community
34VICMelbourneNet zero emissions by 2040
35VICMoonee Valley City CouncilZero net emissions by 2040
36VICMoreland CouncilZero carbon emissions Moreland by 2040
37VICMornington Peninsula CouncilZero community carbon emissions by 2040
38VICNatimuk100% renewable energy with community solar farm
39VICNewstead VillagePlan to be 100% renewable
40VICWarrnambool CouncilCarbon neutral city by 2040
41VICWyndhamZero net GHG emissions from electricity use in the municipality by 2040
42VICYackandandah Town100% renewable energy by 2022
43WACity of FremantleZero carbon for LGA by 2025
44WAPerth32% reduction in citywide emissions by 2031
45WAThe Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverNet zero emissions by 2030 for the community

At this stage, only the NSW and VIC graphics have been split into council operations’ and communities’ commitments. For other states, please refer to the maps in the previous section.


Net zero commitments by NSW communities

Net zero commitments by communities in NSW and the ACT as at Dec 2021

Figure 14: Ambitious commitments by communities in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as at Dec 2021


Net zero commitments by VIC communities

Figure 15: Ambitious commitments by communities in Victoria as at Dec 2021

From the list above, 100% Renewables is proud to have developed many of the renewable energy strategies and plans for communities including:

List of local governments that have declared a climate emergency

Local governments are playing a key role in leading the climate emergency response, which is why CEDAMIA (Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation In Action) campaigns for a Climate Emergency Declaration by all levels of government.

CEDAMIA calls on all Australian federal, state, and territory parliaments and all local councils to:

  • Declare a climate emergency
  • Commit to providing maximum protection for all people, economies, species, ecosystems, and Civilisations, and to fully restoring a safe climate
  • Mobilise the required resources and take effective action at the necessary scale and speed
  • Transform the economy to zero emissions and make a fair contribution to drawing down the excess carbon dioxide in the air, and
  • Encourage all other governments around the world to take these same actions.

CEDAMIA works in conjunction in conjunction with CACE – Council Action in the Climate Emergency. Step 1 is to declare a climate emergency, and step 2 is to mobilise your community and move into emergency mode. According to CACE, a local government’s key role is to:

  • Lobby state and national governments to adopt and fund full climate emergency response
  • Encourage other councils to implement a climate emergency response through networks and by leading by example
  • Have local emergency action through education, mitigation and resilience building
  • Educating council staff about the climate emergency and what council can do to respond

The following local governments have declared a climate emergency:

1ACTAustralian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
2NSWArmidale Regional Council
3NSWBallina Shire Council
4NSWBega Valley Shire Council
5NSWBellingen Shire Council
6NSWBlacktown City Council
7NSWBlue Mountains City Council
8NSWBroken Hill City Council
9NSWByron Shire Council
10NSWCanada Bay City Council
11NSWCanterbury Bankstown City Council
12NSWCentral Coast Council
13NSWClarence Valley Council
14NSWGlen Innes Severn Shire Council
15NSWHawkesbury City Council
16NSWHunters Hill Council
17NSWInner West Council
18NSWKiama Municipal Council
19NSWLane Cove Council
20NSWLismore City Council
21NSWMidCoast Council
22NSWMosman Council
23NSWNewcastle City Council
24NSWNorth Sydney Council
25NSWNorthern Beaches Council
26NSWPort Macquarie-Hastings Council
27NSWRandwick City Council
28NSWRyde City Council
29NSWSydney City Council
30NSWTweed Shire Council
31NSWUpper Hunter Shire Council
32NSWWaverley Council
33NSWWilloughby City Council
34NSWWingecarribee Shire Council
35NSWWollongong City Council
36NSWWoollahra Municipal Council
37NTDarwin City Council
38QLDNoosa Shire Council
39QLDSunshine Coast Council
40SAAdelaide City Council
41SAAdelaide Hills Council
42SAAlexandrina Council
43SABurnside City Council
44SACampbelltown City Council
45SACharles Sturt City Council
46SAGawler Town Council
47SAHoldfast Bay City Council
48SALight Regional Council
49SAMitcham Council
50SAMount Barker District Council
51SAMurray Bridge Council
52SAPort Adelaide Enfield City Council
53SAPort Lincoln City Council
54SASalisbury City Council
55SAVictor Harbor Council
56TASHobart City Council
57TASKingborough Council
58TASLaunceston City Council
59TASNorthern Midlands Council
60VICAlpine Shire Council
61VICBallarat City Council
62VICBanyule City Council
63VICBass Coast Shire Council
64VICBayside City Council
65VICBoroondara City Council
66VICBrimbank City Council
67VICCardinia Shire Council
68VICDarebin City Council
69VICFrankston City Council
70VICGlen Eira City Council
71VICGolden Plains Shire Council
72VICGreater Dandenong City Council
73VICGreater Geelong City Council
74VICGreater Shepparton City Council
75VICHepburn Shire Council
76VICHobsons Bay City Council
77VICIndigo Shire Council
78VICKingston City Council
79VICMacedon Ranges Shire Council
80VICManningham Council
81VICMaribyrnong City Council
82VICMelbourne City Council
83VICMildura Rural City Council
84VICMitchell Shire Council
85VICMoonee Valley City Council
86VICMount Alexander Shire Council
87VICMoreland City Council
88VICMornington Peninsula Shire Council
89VICMoyne Shire Council
90VICPort Phillip City Council
91VICQueenscliffe Borough Council
92VICStonnington City Council
93VICStrathbogie Shire Council
94VICSurf Coast Shire Council
95VICWarrnambool City Council
96VICYarra City Council
97VICYarra Ranges Council
98WAAugusta-Margaret River Shire Council
99WADenmark Shire Council
100WAEast Fremantle Town Council
101WAFremantle City Council
102WAGreater Geraldton City Council
103WAKalamunda City Council
104WAMelville City Council
105WAMundaring Shire Council
106WASwan City Council
107WAVictoria Park Town Council
108WAVincent City Council

List of local governments that are members of Cities Power Partnership

The Cities Power Partnership (CPP) is Australia’s largest local government climate network, made up over 146 councils from 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.

There are dozens of actions that councils can choose from ranging from putting solar on council assets, switching to electric vehicles, to opening up old landfills for new solar farms. The following table shows current local government members of CPP.

2NSWAlbury City Council
3NSWBathurst Regional Council
4NSWBayside Council
5NSWBega Valley Shire
6NSWBellingen Shire Council
7NSWBlacktown City Council
8NSWBlue Mountains City Council
9NSWBroken Hill City Council
10NSWByron Shire Council
11NSWCity of Canterbury-Bankstown
12NSWCentral Coast Council
13NSWCessnock City Council
14NSWClarence Valley Council
15NSWCoffs Harbour
16NSWCowra Council
17NSWCumberland Council
18NSWDubbo Regional Council
19NSWEurobodalla Council
20NSWGeorges River Council
21NSWHawkesbury City Council
22NSWHornsby Shire Council
23NSWHunter’s Hill Council
24NSWInner West Council
25NSWKiama Council
26NSWKu-ring-gai Council
27NSWLane Cove Council
28NSWLake Macquarie
29NSWLismore City Council
30NSWMaitland City Council
31NSWMosman Council
32NSWMidCoast Council
33NSWMuswellbrook Shire Council
34NSWNambucca Shire Council
35NSWCity of Newcastle 
36NSWNorthern Beaches Council
37NSWNorth Sydney Council
38NSWOrange City Council
39NSWParkes Shire Council
40NSWCity of Parramatta
41NSWPenrith City Council
42NSWPort Macquarie-Hastings
43NSWPort Stephens Council
44NSWRandwick City Council
45NSWCity of Ryde
46NSWShellharbour City Council
47NSWShoalhaven City Council
48NSWSingleton Shire Council
49NSWCity of Sydney
50NSWTweed Shire
51NSWUpper Hunter Shire Council
52NSWCity of Wagga Wagga
53NSWWaverley Council
54NSWWilloughby Council
55NSWWingecarribee Shire
56NSWWollongong City Council
57NSWWoollahra Municipal Council
58QLDBrisbane City Council 
59QLDBundaberg Regional Council
60QLDCairns Regional Council
61QLDDouglas Shire Council
62QLDGympie Regional Council
63QLDIpswich City Council 
64QLDLivingstone Shire Council 
65QLDLogan City Council
66QLDMackay Regional Council
67QLDMoreton Bay Regional Council
68QLDNoosa Shire Council
69QLDSunshine Coast Council
70QLDWhitsunday Regional Council
71SAAdelaide Hills Council 
72SACity of Adelaide
73SAAlexandrina Council
74SACity of Charles Sturt
75SAGoyder Regional Council
76SACity of Mitcham
77SAMount Barker District Council 
78SACity of Onkaparinga
79SACity of Port Adelaide Enfield
80SACity of Victor Harbor
81NTAlice Springs Town Council
82NTCity of Darwin
83WACity of Albany
84WACity of Armadale
85WAShire of Augusta-Margaret River
86WATown of Bassendean
87WACity of Bayswater
88WACity of Belmont
89WACity of Bunbury
90WACity of Busselton
91WACity of Canning
92WACity of Cockburn
93WATown of Cottesloe
94WAShire of Donnybrook-Balingup
95WAThe Shire of Esperance
96WACity of Fremantle
97WACity of Gosnells
98WACity of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
99WACity of Kwinana
100WACity of Mandurah
101WACity of Melville
102WAShire of Mundaring
103WAShire of Murray
104WAShire of Northam 
105WACity of Rockingham
106WAShire of Serpentine Jarrahdale
107WACity of South Perth
108WACity of Subiaco
109WACity of Stirling
110WACity of Swan
111WATown of Victoria Park
112WACity of Vincent
113VICCity of Ballarat
114VICBaw Baw Shire Council
115VICBenalla Rural City Council 
116VICCity of Boroondara
117VICCity of Darebin
118VICEast Gippsland Shire Council
119VICFrankston City Council
120VICCity of Greater Dandenong
121VICCity of Greater Geelong
122VICHepburn Shire Council
123VICCity of Melbourne
124VICMildura Rural City Council
125VICCity of Monash
126VICMoonee Valley City Council
127VICMoreland City Council
128VICMornington Peninsula Shire
129VICMount Alexander Shire Council
130VICNillumbik Shire Council
131VICCity of Port Phillip
132VICBorough of Queenscliffe
133VICStrathbogie Shire Council
134VICStonnington City Council
135VICRural City of Wangaratta
136VICWarrnambool City Council
137VICWellington Shire Council
138VICWyndham City 
139VICCity of Yarra
140VICYarra Ranges Council 
141TASBrighton Council
142TASCity of Launceston
143TASDevonport City Council
144TASHuon Valley Council
145TASGlamorgan Spring Bay
146TASNorthern Midlands Council

List of local governments that are members of Global Covenant of Mayors

Global Covenant of Mayors or GCoM is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership. GCoM is built upon the commitment of over 10,000 cities and local governments across 6 continents and 138 countries. In total, these cities represent more than 800 million people. By 2030, Global Covenant cities and local governments could account for 2.3 billion tons CO2-e of annual emissions reduction.

In Australia, 33 councils are members of GCoM. To join the GCoM, you need to develop citywide knowledge, goals, and plans that aim at least as high as your country’s own climate protection commitment(s) or Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Climate Agreement.

As a partner of the GCoM, you need to undertake the following:

1ACTAustralian Capital Territory (Canberra) 
2NSWBellingen Shire Council 
3NSWBlacktown City Council 
4NSWByron Shire 
7NSWSutherland Shire 
9NSWTweed Shire 
11SAAdelaide City Council 
12SACampbelltown City Council 
13SAMount Barker District Council 
14SAUnley City Council 
15SAWest Torrens 
17VICCity of Greater Bendigo 
18VICDarebin City Council 
19VICGlen Eira 
20VICHobsons Bay City Council 
26VICMornington Peninsula Shire 
27VICPort Phillip 
28VICWyndham City Council 

List of local governments that are members of C40

C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change. In Australia, Melbourne and Sydney are members.

List of local governments that are members of ICLEI

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, they influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.

The following table shows current local government members of ICLEI.

1ACTAustralian Capital Territory Government
2NSWByron Shire Council
3NSWCity of Newcastle, New South Wales
4NSWCity of Sydney
5NSWPenrith City Council
6QLDBrisbane City Council
7QLDCairns Regional Council
8QLDMackay Regional Council
9QLDScenic Rim Regional Council
10SAAdelaide City Council
11SAAdelaide Hills Council
12SACity of West Torrens
13SADistrict Council of Mount Barker
14SAUnley City Council
15TASHobart City Council
16VICBallarat City Council
17VICCity of Yarra
18VICDarebin City Council
19VICEast Gippsland Shire Council
20VICGreater Bendigo City Council
21VICHobsons Bay City Council
22VICManningham City Council
23VICMelbourne City Council
24VICMoreland City Council
25VICMornington Peninsula Shire Council
26VICPort Phillip City Council
27WACity of Joondalup
28WACity of Mandurah
29WAPerth City Council

List of local governments that are members of Cities Race to Zero

Cities Race to Zero is organised by C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate&Energy (GCoM), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), CDP, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) to mobilise cities in the Race to Zero.

1ACTAustralian Capital Territory (Australia)
2ACTCanberra (Australia)
3NSWBlue Mountains (Australia)
4NSWByron Shire (Australia)
5NSWGeorges River (Australia)
6NSWHunters Hill (Australia)
7NSWLane Cove (Australia)
8NSWNewcastle (AUS) (Australia)
9NSWSydney (Australia)
10NTDarwin (Australia)
11SAAdelaide (Australia)
12VICDarebin (Australia)
13VICGlen Eira (Australia)
14VICHobsons Bay (Australia)
15VICMelbourne (Australia)
16VICMornington Peninsula Shire (Australia)
17VICWyndham (Australia)
18VICYarra (Australia)

List of local governments that are carbon neutral under Climate Active

Climate Active is a highly trusted certification program, which is administered by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. It was first launched in 2010 and was originally known as the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

Many local governments have already gone carbon neutral under Climate Active – we’ve listed them in the table below:

1NSWCity of Sydney
2NSWRandwick City Council
3NSWWoollahra Municipal Council
4QLDBrisbane City Council
5SACity of Adelaide
6VICBayside City Council
7VICCity of Darebin
8VICCity of Melbourne
9VICCity of Yarra
10VICMaroondah City Council
11VICMoonee Valley City Council
12VICMoreland City Council
13VICMornington Peninsula Shire Council
14WACity of Subiaco

In addition, we are working with many more local governments that are preparing for Climate Active certification in future.

Local governments with ambitious commitments and memberships summary

The table below shows local governments with ambitious commitments and their memberships across the Cities Power Partnership, CEDAMIA, the Global Compact of Mayors, C40, Cities Race to Zero, ICLEI and the Climate Active program in alphabetical order.

StateLocal governmentDeclared climate emergencyCPP memberGCoM memberRace to Zero memberClimate ActiveICLEI member
NSWBallina Shire CouncilYes
NSWBathurst Regional CouncilYes
NSWBega Valley Shire CouncilYesYes
NSWBellingen Shire CouncilYesYesYes
NSWBlacktown City CouncilYesYesYes
NSWBroken Hill CouncilYesYes
NSWBlue Mountains City CouncilYesYesYes
NSWByron Bay CouncilYesYesYesYesYes
NSWCentral Coast CouncilYesYes
NSWCity of Canada BayYes
NSWCity of NewcastleYesYesYesYesYes
NSWCity of RydeYesYes
NSWClarence Valley CouncilYesYes
NSWCoffs Harbour City CouncilYes
NSWDubbo Regional CouncilYes
NSWEurobodalla Shire CouncilYes
NSWFederation Council
NSWForbes Shire Council
NSWHawkesbury City CouncilYesYes
NSWHornsby Shire CouncilYes
NSWHunter’s Hill CouncilYesYesYes
NSWInner West CouncilYesYes
NSWGeorges River CouncilYesYes
NSWKiama CouncilYesYes
NSWKu-ring-gai CouncilYes
NSWKyogle Council
NSWLane Cove Municipal CouncilYesYesYes
NSWLismore City CouncilYesYes
NSWMid-Coast CouncilYesYes
NSWMosman Municipal CouncilYesYes
NSWNambucca CouncilYes
NSWNarrandera Shire Council
NSWNorthern Beaches CouncilYesYes
NSWParramatta CouncilYes
NSWPort Macquarie-Hastings CouncilYesYes
NSWPort Stephens CouncilYes
NSWRandwick CouncilYesYesYes
NSWSutherland Shire CouncilYes
NSWTweed Shire CouncilYesYesYes
NSWUpper Hunter Shire CouncilYesYes
NSWWagga Wagga City CouncilYes
NSWWaverley CouncilYesYes
NSWWilloughby City CouncilYesYes
NSWWollongong CouncilYesYesYes
NSWWoollahra Municipal CouncilYesYesYes
NTCity of DarwinYesYesYes
QLDBrisbane City CouncilYesYesYes
QLDCairns Regional CouncilYesYes
QLDGold Coast City Council
QLDIpswich City CouncilYes
QLDLogan CouncilYes
QLDNoosa CouncilYesYes
QLDSunshine Coast CouncilYesYes
QLDTownsville City Council
SACity of AdelaideYesYesYesYesYesYes
SACity of Charles SturtYesYes
SACity of Holdfast BayYes
SACity of Marion
SACity of MitchamYes
SACity of UnleyYesYes
TASCity of Launceston CouncilYesYes
VICAlpine Shire CouncilYes
VICBanyule City CouncilYes
VICBass Coast Shire CouncilYes
VICBayside City CouncilYesYes
VICBorough of QueenscliffeYesYes
VICBrimbank City CouncilYes
VICCasey City Council
VICCity of Ballarat CouncilYesYesYes
VICCity of Greater BendigoYesYes
VICCity of Greater GeelongYesYes
VICCity of Port PhillipYesYesYesYes
VICCity of YarraYesYesYesYesYesYes
VICDarebin City CouncilYesYesYesYesYes
VICFrankston City CouncilYesYes
VICGlen EiraYesYesYes
VICGolden Plains Shire CouncilYes
VICHepburn CouncilYesYes
VICHobsons BayYesYesYesYes
VICIndigo Shire CouncilYes
VICKingston City CouncilYes
VICKnox City Council
VICMacedon Ranges Shire CouncilYes
VICMaroondah City CouncilYes
VICMoonee Valley City CouncilYesYesYes
VICMaribyrnong City CouncilYesYes
VICMelton City CouncilYes
VICMonash CouncilYes
VICMoreland CouncilYesYesYesYes
VICMornington Peninsula CouncilYesYesYesYesYesYes
VICMount Alexander Shire CouncilYesYes
VICStrathbogie Shire CouncilYes
VICWarrnambool City CouncilYesYes
VICWellington Shire CouncilYes
VICWhittlesea City Council
VICYarra Ranges Shire CouncilYesYes
WABusselton CityYes
WACity of ArmadaleYes
WACity of BayswaterYes
WACity of FremantleYesYes
WACity of Greater GeraldtonYes
WACity of MelvilleYesYesYes
WACity of StirlingYes
WACity of SubiacoYesYes
WACity of VincentYesYes
WAThe Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverYes
WAThe Shire of Denmark CouncilYes
WATown of Victoria ParkYesYes

How we track commitments made by councils and communities

We track net zero commitments made by local governments/councils, communities and universities by constantly scanning the marketplace for new ambitious commitments and through our work with councils and universities. To check the validity of targets, we analyse web pages, and read through council minutes to see whether commitments have been officially adopted. We also rely on councils and universities letting us know about their commitments.

Please send us an email if your council or community commitment is missing on this list and needs to be included.

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If you need help with your own target or plan

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Barbara’s story and the future of sustainability

I’ve recently been asked to present on the future of sustainability at a panel discussion of the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability. Here is an extract of my opening remarks, which explains why I changed careers and what I see as the future of sustainability.

12 years ago, in 2009, I gave birth to my second child. Leading up to giving birth, I was reflecting on my life and the future life of my two children. I had a cushy job in cybersecurity and risk management and a great career ahead of me. My job was interesting, but something was nagging at me.

It was the knowledge that rising greenhouse gas emissions are changing our planet and that we are destroying the world as I know and love it. I also knew that we could do something about this and that we could change our course, that it wasn’t too late.

If I really wanted this change, then it wasn’t going to be good enough to continue my life as it was and to keep making the problem worse. If I really was a risk manager, then climate change would be the biggest risk of all, and I would have to do something to mitigate this risk.

Once I came to this realisation, the logical conclusion was to divert my brainpower from a job in cybersecurity to a job where I had a positive impact and where my actions changed the world for the better.

I thought long and hard about where my passion lies and where I could have the biggest impact. I love business. I also love sustainability, and so I decided to work at the intersection of the two. I wanted to help business change.

And that’s what I did. I quit my job and went into business.

Unfortunately, in 2009, Australia wasn’t ready for big changes. Electricity generation from solar and wind was expensive. Only a few households had solar installed. The term ‘net zero’ wasn’t widely used around that time. In fact, the first time ‘net zero’ made it into mainstream media was when the Financial Times reported on it towards the end of 2014.

But in 2015, the world changed. Almost 200 countries signed the Paris Agreement that commits us to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees. It was also the year that the global goals were released that put a framework around what a sustainable planet looks like. These two landmark events gave us targets that could be cascaded down from countries to businesses, to individuals.

2015 was also when renewables were getting cheaper, which made them much more attractive to businesses and households. And it was also in that year that our business developed one of the first organisational plans to achieve 100% renewable energy. It was the first time that we had an opportunity to look holistically at a whole business to see how 100% renewables could be achieved.

When we developed that plan, we saw that it was possible to operate with renewable energy and reach net zero emissions while driving financial performance. We were so excited about this revelation that we named our business ‘100% Renewables’ – it encapsulates our vision that in future, all organisations will be powered with renewables and have zero emissions. Since then, we have helped over 100 organisations develop their net zero plan and have grown the business to a national team of net zero specialists.

Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released an important report. Since industrialisation, we have emitted more than 2,560 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases. We have only 400 billion tonnes of emissions left before we exceed a safe climate. So basically, we have already emitted over 85% of all emissions we can ever emit. What we need to do now is make deep cuts to our emissions immediately.

We need to be focusing our minds, behaviour, our effort, our engineering to achieve this huge goal, globally, while simultaneously achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We have built our wealth on burning fossil fuels; now we need to focus on being more sustainable while lifting the developing world out of poverty. The developing world needs to have access to the same opportunities that we have, and we need to help them achieve a better way of life.

For this to happen, everyone needs to act, countries, companies and civil society.

From our work with businesses helping them develop net zero plans and implementing them, we know that achieving net zero emissions has multiple benefits for an organisation. It increases efficiency, climate resilience, employee acquisition and retention, improves reputation, and drives investment in low carbon technology & product innovation.

Responses to climate change can be both big and small. On a grid level, with the development of Renewable Energy Zones, our grid is getting greener. At the same time, rooftop solar has now been installed on more than 3 million households and businesses in Australia. Together, this has a big impact.

Let me give you a great statistic: By the end of 2009, which is when my second child was born, 187MW of solar capacity had been installed in total in Australia, which is now roughly the capacity that is being installed in a single month.

Just recently in South Australia, solar from rooftop and large-scale plants met a bit over 100% of the State’s electricity demand during one morning, and later that same day, rooftop solar alone met almost 90% of the State’s power demand! So even though rooftop solar is individually small and is based on the buying decisions of lots of people, together, they have a big impact.

I get very excited by organisations establishing leadership in net zero emissions, and we decided to share their stories in a podcast. Earlier this year, we released the first episode, which showcased a revolving energy fund in the community whereby one dollar that someone contributes can fund multiple emission reduction opportunities. We have also featured organisations such as NextDC, Lion or Global Fashion Group. We also had one episode on how behaviour change can help achieve net zero. Stories need to be shared so that we can all learn from them and work towards net zero emissions, together.

In my opinion, the future of sustainability is every one of us working together to transform our whole society to achieve zero emissions and to leave no one behind.

100% Renewables are experts in helping organisations develop their net zero strategies and plans, and supporting the implementation and achievement of ambitious targets. If you need help to create your strategy, please contact  Barbara or Patrick.

Feel free to use an excerpt of this blog on your own site, newsletter, blog, etc. Just send us a copy or link and include the following text at the end of the excerpt: “This content is reprinted from 100% Renewables Pty Ltd’s blog.