Net Zero Communities
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We all know the earth is rapidly changing. Rising levels of greenhouse emissions are causing high temperatures, declining ocean health and losses to plants and wildlife. We all need to work together to reduce emissions from our energy, waste and transport and ensure a thriving community.
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Join the conversation with local residents in our private Facebook group.
Read what you had to say(PDF, 2MB) from our recent consultation process.
Net Zero Champions are like-minded residents wanting to encourage community action. Meeting a few times a year, you can help spread the word through your networks or run your own events. The next meeting will be on 19 May 2022. Keep an eye on our events calendar here.
Email and express your interest here
Watch recent webinars
Take action at home
Over the last 3 years, households participating in our Energy SMART programs have taken a range of actions:
- 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.
Council action plan
We recently joined the ‘Cities Race to Zero’ program, recognising the global climate emergency. Read more here.
Why are we acting?
Our Climate Change Policy(PDF, 376KB) and Towards Zero Emission – 2030 Action Plan(PDF, 2MB) tackles Councils emissions from three 3 main sources: fleet (vehicles), street lights and fixed assets (buildings). The targets include:
- 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 Council fleet emissions by 2040.
- Investment in proven and emerging technologies such as electric vehicles, building efficiency and renewable energy.
Council is saving around $338,000pa on its own energy use 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 a part of The Cities Power Partnership, which celebrates and accelerates emission reduction and clean energy across Australia.
We would be more than happy to answer any questions. Email the Environment & Sustainability team.