Net Zero Communities
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Our commitment to accelerate the transition to Net Zero by 2040 is as strong as ever. At the November Ordinary Meeting of Council, Ku-ring-gai joined the ‘Cities Race to Zero’ program and by doing so endorsed the following principles:
- We recognise the global climate emergency
- We are committed to keeping global heating below the 1.5°Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement
- We are committed to putting inclusive climate action at the centre of all urban decision-making, to create thriving and equitable communities for everyone
- We invite our partners – political leaders, CEOs, trade unions, investors, and civil society – to join us in recognising the global climate emergency and help us deliver on science-based action to overcome it.
Read more here
We have produced a brief report on the outcomes of our community consultation in June 2021. Conducted with consultant 100% Renewables.
Read what you had to say here(PDF, 2MB)
Become a Net Zero Champion and join a group of like-minded residents to progress action on net zero. We will meet a few times a year and will support you to encourage action in our community.
Express your interest here
Take action at home
Over the last 3 years, households participating in our SMART programs below have reduced their energy use by over 1489MWh and saved an average of $522pa in energy costs.
- 231 solar PV systems with 10 battery storage.
- 59 insulation upgrades.
- 10 heat pump and solar hot water systems.
- 19 window upgrades.
- 252 efficient pool pumps.
- 580 compost bins.
- 273 worm farms.
Book an online or face-to-face chat with one of our Council experts. Get advice on cooling/heating, reducing bills and installing solar or how to introduce native and water-wise gardening at your place. Free for residents.
Households, schools and businesses can claim a range of rebates on solar/batteries, insulation, pool pumps, water tanks and more.
Simple steps for the whole family - from reducing your plastic and energy use to eco-friendly renovating and sustainable transport.
Prepare for extreme weather
Identify risks to your home and neighbourhood instantly with our 3 step Climate Wise Communities Ready Check online tool.
Council action plan
We all know the earth is rapidly changing. Rising levels of greenhouse emissions are causing higher temperatures, declining ocean health and losses to plants and wildlife. Our Climate Change Policy(PDF, 376KB) and Towards Zero Emission – 2030 Action Plan(PDF, 2MB) provide Council with the steps to play its part in the global energy transition and support the community to move towards net zero emissions.
The report tackles Councils emissions from three 3 main sources: fleet (vehicles), street lights and fixed assets (buildings).
- Net zero emissions by 2040, or earlier, and a 50% reduction, by 2030.
- Achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030, whilst pursuing efforts to reach this target by 2025.
- 100% reduction in fleet emissions by 2040.
- Guiding investment in proven and emerging technologies such as electric vehicles, building efficiency and renewable energy.
Council is saving around $338,000pa on energy and has reduced emissions by more than 20%.
Sourcing 30% of Council's electricity from the Moree Solar Farm
The Moree Solar Farm has supplied 30% of Councils electricity with clean energy since 2019, and in 2021, Council committed to source 100% renewable energy through a joint electricity tender with 24 other Sydney Councils. The outcome will accelerate Council’s transition towards net zero emissions, ensuring that the electric vehicles used by Council’s fleet and all Council facilities are powered by the wind and the sun.
Electric vehicle trials for Council's transport fleet
We currently have 3 electric vehicles within the Council fleet with plans to incoporate more.
Rooftop solar at 10 Council sites
Bridge Street Administration Building - 20kW; Suakin Street Depot - 100kW; Bancroft Art Centre - 12kW; Thomas Carlyle Childcare Centre - 19kW; North Turramurra Sewerage Treatment Plant - 41kW; Gordon Library - 52kW; Turramurra Library - 29kW, St Ives Library - 25kW, East Roseville Community centre - 16kW and Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre - 126kW.
Council’s solar capacity has doubled in the past 3 years to 440kW.
LED lighting upgrades at 13 community sites
St Ives Community Centre, West Lindfield Community Centre, Gordon Old School Building, East Roseville Community Centre, West Pymble Community Centre, Bancroft Art Centre, Thomas Carlyle Childcare Centre, St Ives Community Groups, Turramurra Library and Gordon Library, St Ives Library, Bridge Street Administration Building, Suakin Street Depot, Louise Lennon Pavilion, Douglas Pickering Pavilion.
Solar hot water at 10 community sites
Roseville Chase Oval, Thomas Carlyle Childcare Centre, Lindfield Oval (Tryon Oval), Gordon Library, Turramurra Oval (memorial),Golden Jubilee Oval, Old Bushland Depot, Wildflower Garden Pavilion, Wildflower Garden Residence and Marion St Theatre - Lower Floor Solar.
Heat pump upgrades at 2 community sites
St Ives Showground (grandstand) and St Ives Showground (residency).
Improvements to HVAC (air conditioning) controls at 7 Council sites
Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Gordon Library, Council Chambers, Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre, Gordon Library, Suakin Street Depot and Bridge Street Administration Building.
Smart metering and/or automated monitoring systems at 18 Council sites
Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Gordon Library, North Turramurra Sewerage Treatment Plant, Gordon Golf Course Sewerage Treatment Plant, St Ives Showground, 828 Pacific Highway, Suakin Street Depot, Council Chambers, Lindfield Library, Turramurra Library, St Ives Library, Bancroft Art Centre, Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre, Gordon Old School Building, Bridge Street Administration Building, Former Council Nursery and Nursery Dwelling, Pymble car park Pacific Highway.
Energy efficiency upgrades
Upgrades of pool filtration and pool heating plant at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre.
Intelligent lighting controls
The Cities Power Partnership
Council is also participating in The Cities Power Partnership, which celebrates and accelerates the emission reduction and clean energy successes across Australia.
We would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about Net Zero Communities. Email the Environment & Sustainability team.