The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has coordinated the formation of a Western Sydney Energy Program (WSEP) which aims to reduce Western Sydney’s emissions by 200,000 tonnes of CO2e reductions each year.
The program, which brings together nine councils in Western Sydney will focus on the four key areas: renewable energy, transport infrastructure, supporting communities, and implementing best practice in energy planning and design for buildings and precincts.
Councils participating in the program include Blacktown City, Blue Mountains City, Cumberland City, Fairfield City, Hawkesbury City, The Hills Shire, Lithgow City, Liverpool City and the City of Parramatta.
Initial projects being developed under the Program include the development of a renewable energy PPA, a business support program and building design guidelines for councils. Additional projects will be scoped as the WSEP continues to roll out.
WSROC President Clr Barry Calvert said “Councils are already achieving remarkable goals in projects geared towards a low-emissions future, embracing projects and technologies such as increased solar installations and low carbon vehicles.
“Successful programs to date – both WSROC-led and individual council initiatives – have already saved more than $1.2m and almost 500,000 tCO2e annually through lighting and equipment upgrades, waste management, solar installations, and smart technology initiatives.
“The Western Sydney Energy Program will assist us to align and maximise our efforts. Ensuring Western Sydney is prepared to transition to an energy efficient, low carbon future is critical for community wellbeing," Cr Calvett said.