The focus area of facilities and precincts works with councils to implement best practice in planning and design for next generation energy systems

The program will specifically work on:

  • Assist councils to embed leading energy technologies, design and management in council buildings and facilities.
  • Support and collaborate to include ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and low carbon precinct Ensuring council buildings
  • Advocacy and collaboration to develop energy-related planning controls, pilots and projects at facility, precinct and regional scale.

It is anticipated that projects under this focus area can reduce emissions by 50,000 to 200,000 tCO2e.

Current projects:

Light Years Ahead: street lighting

Between 2014 and 2017, the Light Years Ahead program worked with Western Sydney councils to replace inefficient street lights to the latest energy-saving LED lights. 

Light Years Ahead was coordinated through the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) in partnership with Endeavour Energy and participant councils.

Light Years Ahead energy efficiency score card:

  • 19,000 lights changed to LEDs across Western Sydney (and counting);
  • $9.5 million in energy savings to date;
  • 126,538 tonne reduction in emissions (over 20-year life of the lights);
  • WSROC advocacy to Endeavour Energy, the Australian Energy Regulator and the NSW Government has::
    • resulted in reduced maintenance cost for LED street lights in the new regulatory period.
    • Contributed to the public lighting code review which led to a new and mandatory code including minimum service levels for street lighting.
    • informed the NSW Government’s $12 million LED streetlight replacement scheme

Light Years Ahead is a 2017 Green Globe Awards winner.

ESD standards


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Media coverage highlights

Light Years Ahead Wins NSW Environment and Heritage Green Globe Awards (Hawkesbury Gazette 3.11.17)

Women LED-ing the Way for energy efficiency (1 Million Women, 06.01.16)

WSROC launches $7.8m project to replace over 10% of Sydney’s street lights with LEDs (Lighting News, 26.05.15)

'Green' light bulb moment for councils installing LED street lights (Sydney Morning Herald, 21.05.15)

LEDs to light up Western Sydney streets (Sustainability Matters, 19.05.15)