Council joined the Cities Power Partnership in July 2017.
The CPP is a program of the Climate Council specifically for local government. Council was an ‘early adopter’ of this program, signing up in Round 1. Currently, over 100 councils in Australia have joined, including four in Tasmania. Councils who join make five pledges in renewable energy, efficiency, transport or working in partnership to tackle climate change.
In January 2018, Council confirmed the first five pledges:
- Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles
- Provide fast-charging infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles
- Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all Council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures
- Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget – roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality
- Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on Council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and Council offices