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Western Sydney councils unite on energy Featured

WSEP Project Coordinator Judith Bruinsma, right, and Project Consultant Ankit Kamra of Ironbark Sustainability, left, with WSROC President Barry Calvert WSEP Project Coordinator Judith Bruinsma, right, and Project Consultant Ankit Kamra of Ironbark Sustainability, left, with WSROC President Barry Calvert

Media release, 30 January, 2020

Nine councils in Western Sydney have launched a new strategy to slash emissions and boost energy savings for a more sustainable, affordable energy future.

Coordinated by WSROC, the Western Sydney Energy Program (WSEP) aims to reduce Western Sydney’s emissions by 200,000 tonnes of CO2e[1] reductions each year.

This equates to taking 46,000 cars off the road annually.

The Western Sydney Energy Program will focus on four key areas: renewable energy, transport infrastructure, supporting communities, and implementing best practice in energy planning and design for buildings and precincts.

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.

The region’s rapid population growth and hot climate are putting pressure on our electricity grid and causing electricity bills to rise. Action is needed to ensure affordable and reliable power into the future.

“The challenge for the WSEP is to work towards new approaches to energy in policy, planning and design. We want to support councils to establish an aligned position that incorporates best practice, so that future development is cost-effective and future-proofed,” said Clr Calvert.

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.

Councils that participate in the program are: Blacktown City Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Cumberland City Council, Fairfield City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, The Hills Shire Council, Lithgow City Council, Liverpool City Council and the City of Parramatta.

The Western Sydney Energy Program will build on other successful WSROC projects, including Light Years Ahead, Turn Down the Heat and the Regional Waste Strategy.

 

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For more information on Western Sydney Energy Program, click here

Media contact: Kate O’Connell, T: 02 9671 4333 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            

 

[1] Carbon Dioxide Equivalent. 200,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent reductions equate to 1-2% annual reduction of Western Sydney’s annual community scale emissions

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