Inner West Council
Represented by Rochelle Porteous, Mayor
How does your organisation address climate change?
Inner West Council has adopted a Climate and Renewables Strategy and has committed to accelerating action, resourcing solutions, and placing climate at the centre of decisions. The Climate + Renewables Strategy outlines the key areas of focus to mitigate against climate change. The tools we will use include:
- Embedding climate action in Council systems and processes
- Establishing an Office of Renewable Energy Innovation
- Rapidly increasing solar and renewable energy generation
- Switching to a zero-emissions fleet
- Fostering zero-emissions mobility solutions
- Supporting low carbon development
- Eliminating organic waste to landfill
- Helping our community address unsustainable consumption e.g. through facilitating and encouraging the share economy
Protecting and enhancing the urban tree canopy and promoting green infrastructure Solar capacity in the Inner West has more than doubled since 2017. Council's solar promotions have been expanded to apartments, schools and local businesses. A $1.6 million rooftop solar and energy efficiency program has more than doubled Council’s solar capacity since the program commenced. Council has over 700kW of solar PV installed on over 35 buildings. Inner West Council is supplied with over 4,000,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable power each year from the Moree solar farm. This amount covers almost all of Council’s daytime electricity use. Council has set targets to be carbon neutral and 100% renewable for electricity by 2025. We are the first Council in NSW to be 100% divested from fossil fuels.
What is your organisation doing to create a better future?
Inner West Council aims to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its operations before the 2025 target date, become carbon neutral by 2025 and continue to be 100% divested from fossil fuels. We will develop a plan to transition to an electric fleet.
Read more about Inner West Council’s Climate + Renewables Strategy here.