35 councils have recently joined the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership to tackle climate change locally.
The new member councils were announced at the launch of Australia’s largest floating solar farm at Lismore, in northern NSW, on January 30.
Climate Councillor and international climate scientist Will Steffen, who was at the Lismore launch, said there were now 70 councils, representing about 7.5 million people, in the partnership.
“We’re excited to see a record number of councils jumping on board with the Cities Power Partnership,” Professor Steffen said.
“As the tier of government that’s closest to the community, local councils have the power to genuinely transform the way we generate and use energy,” Professor Steffen said.
Councils joining the Cities Power Partnership pledge to take five key actions across renewable energy, efficiency, transport, and collaboration.
Partners can access a knowledge hub to help them with projects, as well as analytics tools to help track emissions, energy, and cost savings. Partners are also encouraged to “buddy’’ with other participating councils.