City sets date for re­new­able power

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

THE City of Fre­man­tle has ear­marked 2025 as the year it will be­come fully re­liant on re­new­able en­ergy.

Work­ing along­side a con­sor­tium formed by Josh Byrne and As­so­ciates, In­fra-Nomics and Merz Con­sult­ing, the City has cre­ated a cor­po­rate en­ergy plan that out­lines the steps needed to make all cor­po­rate oper­a­tions run on 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy in the next eight years.

Ac­tions in the eight-step plan in­clude re­duc­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion in build­ings, max­imis­ing lo­cal re­new­able pro­duc­tion with­out in­creas­ing the City’s en­ergy costs, up­dat­ing street and park lights to LED and set­ting up an emis­sions-per-kilo­me­tre tar­get for coun­cil ve­hi­cles.

Fre­man­tle strate­gic plan­ning and project direc­tor Paul Gar­bett said the One Planet Strat­egy’s Zero Car­bon prin­ci­ple out­lined the need for en­ergy-ef­fi­cient build­ings and hav­ing power gen­er­ated from 100 per cent re­new­able sources by 2025.

“The coun­cil recog­nised that in or­der to achieve the tar­get con­tained in its One Planet Fre­man­tle Strat­egy, it needed a more de­tailed plan to guide de­ci­sions about what spe­cific ac­tion needed to be taken,” he said.

“The En­ergy Plan fore­casts a pro­gres­sive change over a num­ber of years in the source of en­ergy used by the City, so that by 2025 ap­prox­i­mately 80 per cent of all en­ergy used is ‘green’ en­ergy sup­plied through the West­ern Power grid and 20 per cent is pro­vided from so­lar pan­els on the City’s own build­ings.

“Re­duc­ing re­liance on en­ergy gen­er­ated from non-re­new­able fos­sil fu­els is a ma­jor way the City can play its part in re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions and the con­sump­tion of non-re­new­able nat­u­ral re­sources such as coal and gas.

“As a rel­a­tively large or­gan­i­sa­tion, the City hopes that by demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship in en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity it can en­cour­age oth­ers to do the same.”

Mr Gar­bett said this push for a high level of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency was al­ready in­cor­po­rated into their new ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

“The de­sign in­cludes fea­tures such as pas­sive ven­ti­la­tion for heat­ing and cool­ing, which will mean that for much of the year air con­di­tion­ing should not need to be used, and the in­stal­la­tion of a large num­ber of so­lar pan­els on the roof of the build­ing,” he said.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said it was go­ing to be one of the most low car­bon, en­ergy ef­fi­cient build­ings of its size in Aus­tralia.

Coun­cil­lors will vote whether to ac­cept the plan on Sep­tem­ber 27.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.