Net Zero Communities

Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent community consultation. We will be reporting back on next steps very soon. Stay in the loop by joining the net zero mailing list.

Ku-ring-gai – a Net Zero community

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. The world is undergoing an energy revolution in an effort to limit these impacts. 

Ku-ring-gai Council has a plan to support our transition to zero emissions by 2040. Our success in cutting Council’s emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy has been an important step. We now want to work with our residents, schools and businesses to help the whole community reach that goal. 

Get involved

Why not become a Net Zero Champion?

We are looking for like-minded people who want to work together to progress action across energy, waste and transport. Managed by Council, champions will get together a few times a year and find ideas to get the community on board with specific actions.

Express your interest by emailing the Environment and Sustainability Team and we will keep you in the loop.

Our action plan

Our updated 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 to support the community in its transition to net zero emissions.

The plan introduces community-wide targets and programs that will reduce community emissions. It tackles Council emissions from three 3 main sources: fleet (vehicles), street lights and fixed assets (buildings).

Council emissions targets

  • 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.

Take action now

Greenstyle home assessment

Book an online or face-to-face chat with one of our Council experts. Get advice on cooling/heating, reducing bills and installing solar. Free for residents.

Claim a rebate

Households, schools or businesses can claim a range of rebates to help you save water and energy.

Sustainable Living

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.

What have we done already?

Through energy efficiency, rooftop solar, and renewable energy initiatives, Council is saving around $200,000pa on energy and has reduced emissions by more than 20%. 

Key Council projects

Sourcing 30% of Council's electricity from the Moree Solar Farm

Moree Solar Farm is a 56MW photovoltaic solar plant located about 10km south of Moree in New South Wales, Australia.


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.

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

At Gordon Library.

Key community outcomes

Since 2012, our Loving Living Ku-ring-gai program has engaged over 61,000 members of the community. Through volunteering, workshops, online learning and community rebates, we have supported households to achieve:

  • Average savings of:
    • 6.85kWh pa in energy use (daily average is 21.8kWh).
    • $797pa off their bills.
    • $446pa off their pool pump maintenance.
  • 1663 apartments to save an average of 39.71% off their energy use.
  • Diversion of 136k tonnes of food waste from landfill through compost bins/worm farms from Compost Revolution.

The Cities Power Partnership

Council is also participating in The Cities Power Partnership, which celebrates and accelerates the emission reduction and clean energy successes of Australian towns and cities. 

Questions?

We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Net Zero Communities. Email the Environment & Sustainability team.