Reducing Carbon Emissions
The City of Busselton is committed to addressing climate change and future-proofing its community against rising energy prices. There are expectations from the community that the City will be a climate leader. Local Governments, businesses, states and countries are setting ambitious renewable energy and carbon emission reduction targets to demonstrate their commitment and set a trajectory for reduced emissions.
The City has developed an Energy Strategy under the guidance of its Sustainability and Energy Working Group, comprised of Councillors and City staff. The process has created a greater understanding of the organisation’s energy issues and opportunities for efficiency and cost-savings. The strategy aims to embed energy management within the City’s organisational culture, optimising energy use and uptake of renewable energy.
The vision for the Energy Strategy is:
Minimise energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, through using energy as efficiently as possible and optimising our approach to generation and use of renewable energy, and to maximise returns to ratepayers through becoming a net energy generator.
The energy targets adopted by the City are:
- To generate 100% of the City of Busselton electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030.
- To reduce City of Busselton corporate carbon emissions per capita to 50% on 2017/18 levels by 2030.
- Develop efficiency targets for fleet and plant by 2025.
To achieve these targets, this Energy Strategy includes 52 strategic actions for ten focus areas, summarised in the table below. Key strategic actions proposed for implementation in the short to medium term are:
- An integrated energy monitoring and reporting system, which allows to dynamically and proactively manage energy use from the City’s facilities, public lighting and water pumping and renewable energy generation including solar energy across the organisation.
- 208kW of solar PV Systems, including 100kW at the Geographe Leisure Centre, 40kW at the Naturaliste Community Centre, 40kW at the Busselton Library and 28kW at the Depot and installation of batteries when financially viable.
- A mid-scale solar farm at Lot 27 Rendezvous Road, to allow the City to reach its 100% renewables target.
- Strategic energy efficiency upgrades at large facilities as recommended by the Energy Opportunities Analysis and Prioritisation Report (Yeoman 2018).
- A Design for New Buildings Policy, which specifies minimum energy efficiency and renewable energy generations for all new City’s facilities.
- LED upgrades of high priority City-owned streetlighting, sporting facilities and Public Open Space.
- Investigations into multiple resources recovery systems through the South West Regional Waste Group.
- Towards more electrically operated fleet, plant and equipment as technologies mature and the price of energy storage decreases, starting with the purchase of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (EV).
- Viability assessments of alternative fuel sources to power the City’s fleet, plant and equipment.
- A watching brief of new and innovative technologies including microgrids, virtual net metering and peer to peer energy trading.
The process of developing the Energy Strategy has generated a greater understanding of the City’s energy issues and opportunities, and a greater capacity for the organisation to achieve ongoing savings in energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The strategy provides a starting point for improved energy management, and changes to culture around energy use across the organisation.
A copy of the City of Busselton Energy Strategy 2020-2025 and the summary document, endorsed by Council on 11 December 2019 is available below.