Adelaide and Sydney accelerate net zero targets

The City of Adelaide has signed a power purchase agreement that ensures that it’s operations, including the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, UParks, depots and buildings, including the historic Adelaide Town Hall, are powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

The partnership with Flow Power is expected to reduce the City’s emissions by over 50 per cent.

It includes community buildings, council event infrastructure, electric vehicle charges, barbecues in the Park Lands, water pumps, street lighting and traffic lights. This power purchase agreement is a first for any council in South Australia.

Approximately 75 per cent of the City’s power will be sourced from wind generation and 25 per cent from solar power. The energy will be powered from Clements Gap wind farm in mid north South Australia and two approved advanced stage Solar Farms on the Eyre Peninsula (Streaky Bay) and South East (Coonalypyn).

Those two generators are expected to start operating by 1 July 2020.

Flow Power also has agreements with the City of Newcastle (NSW) and the City of Sydney and buys renewable energy from sources including a wind farm in north western NSW and solar farms near Wagga Wagga and Nowra.

Meanwhile, the City of Sydney has accelerated its plan to reach net zero emissions by 2040, ahead of its original target of 2050.

“The accelerated target will form part of the City’s new strategic plan, Sustainable Sydney 2050 – it’s our responsibility to do all we can to reduce emissions steeper and sooner,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

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