Council's Action on Climate Change

Inner West Council is committed to sourcing renewable energy and addressing climate change. Our goals include becoming carbon neutral and 100% renewable. Our strategies for addressing climate change include :

  • Moving to energy-efficient street lights
  • Sourcing renewable energy from a solar farm
  • Powering our facilities with solar
  • Planning for changes in climate

Some climate action highlights are provided below.

We also support the Inner West community's efforts to manage climate change. You can see some of our community efforts here.

Moving to energy-efficient street lights

Street lightLEDs save on electricity bills, maintenance costs and carbon emissions.

Almost half of Council’s electricity is used for street lighting that keeps residential and main roads safe. As part of Council’s carbon neutral plan we are upgrading thousands of streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs over 2019 and 2020. The project will reduce Council’s electricity consumption by 1,400,000 kWh each year and our carbon emissions by 1,500 tonnes per year.

The project, which was negotiated through the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) to achieve economy of scale, is worth over $2M. It will pay for itself in around 7 years and will help Council manage future electricity price hikes.

Part of the project cost is managing the old lamps, which will be disassembled and recycled where possible. Removal of the mercury lamps will help us meet the Minamata Convention, which is a global treaty to ban most mercury by 2021.

Sourcing energy from a NSW solar farm

A birdseye view of Moree Solar Farm in rural NSWInner West Council will soon be supplied with over 4 million kilowatt-hours of renewable power each year from Moree solar farm. This amount will cover almost all of Council’s daytime electricity use, helping to power pools, sportsfields, libraries and many other facilities.

The solar supply begins from 1 July 2019 and will reduce Council's carbon emissions by almost 4,000 tonnes (CO2e) every year. That’s equivalent to taking more than 1000 average NSW cars off the road each year.

The solar agreement offers competitive electricity prices because a large buying group of councils purchased solar power in bulk. This will reduce the pressure on our community facilities to manage rising, volatile electricity prices.

Powering our facilities with solar

Solar on Petersham THSome of our most loved community and recreation buildings generate their own solar power. On-site solar reduces carbon emissions and saves money on electricity bills.

Solar panels are generating power at 31 Council facilities, including pools, libraries, child care centres and offices. We will expand solar power to more facilities over time.

You can see which local facilities are solar-powered below. Some of these facilities send solar data to the web and you can see how much power is being generated under “real time data”.

Council Facility Solar Farm Size  Solar Data
Aquatic Centres
Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre 30kW Not on web yet
Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre Program Pool 30kW Real time data
Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre Gym 35.5kW Real time data
 Community Buildings
 Tom Foster Community Centre 25kW  Real time data
 Hannaford Centre  3.15kW  Real time data
 Jimmy Little Community Centre  2.7kW  Real time data
 Annandale Community Centre  2.42kW  Not on web yet
 Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery  1.7kW  Not on web yet
 Chrissie Cotter Gallery  1.5kW  Not on web yet
 Town Halls and Libraries
 Leichhardt Town Hall  20.09kW  Not on web yet
 Petersham Town Hall  15kW  Real time data
 Balmain Town Hall and Library  13kW  Real time data
 Haberfield library  10kW  Not on web yet
 Former Dulwich Hill Library  2kW  Not on web yet
 Operational Buildings
 Petersham Administration Building  20kW  Real time data
 Leichhardt Administration Building  4.965kW  Real time data
 St Peters Depot  30kW  Not on web yet
 Summer Hill Depot  15.7kW  Not on web yet
 Balmain Depot  13kW  Not on web yet
 Leichhardt Depot  7.28kW  Not on web yet
 Early Learning Centres
 Cavendish Early Learning Centre  5kW  Real time data
 Yirran Gumal Early Learning Centre  5.2kW  Real time data
 Tillman Park Early Learning Centre  4.8kW  Not on web yet
 Leichhardt Park Children's Centre  4kW  Not on web yet
 Leichhardt Children's Centre  3.25kW  Real time data
 Deborah Little Early Learning Centre  2kW  Not on web yet
 John McMahon Child Care Centre  1.85kW  Real time data
 Foster Street Family Day Care  1.21kW  Real time data
 Parks and Ovals
 Blackmore Oval  10.35kW Not on web yet
 Leichhardt Oval #1  9.88kW  Real time data
 Pioneer Park Rotunda  3.6kW  Not on web yet
 Leichhardt Park Playground  1.04kW  Real time data

Planning for changes in climate

People planting a treeClimate adaptation means safeguarding the Inner West against the unavoidable effects of climate change, such as hotter weather, worsening storms and rising sea levels. We are currently updating our climate adaptation strategy following amalgamation and will integrate the work of the three former councils.

In the meantime, we are working with the community on projects that will help manage the effects of climate change, for example:

  • Greening the Inner West to provide shade through Council’s tree planting programme
  • Reducing the carbon impact of Council and the community
  • Mapping urban ‘hot spots” so these can be managed

Other Sustainability Initiatives

Information on other sustainability initiatives at Council can be found here. 

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Page last updated: 16 Jan 2020