Towards Zero emissions


Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our world and the way we live. It requires action and innovation from community, business and all levels of government. The warming of our climate system is clear and since the 1950s many of the observed changes are unprecedented. Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are rising and are the dominant cause of warming, particularly from the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, for energy use. The impacts of climate change will be accompanied by far-ranging economic, environmental and social costs that will increase over time with higher levels of warming.

What are we doing?

Council has a responsibility to its community to undertake activities that:

  • Effectively reduce the degree of climate change that occurs (through mitigation).
  • Reduce the vulnerability and increase the resilience of the built and natural environment, the community and the economy to the risks of climate change (through adaptation).

Council has adopted emission reduction targets (pdf. 212KB) that align to the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature increases to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. We are working towards net zero emissions by 2045 or earlier. 

View our energy and climate change plans and policies here

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Our background paper (pdf. 933KB) presents a summary of  climate change observations, projections, impacts and risks at a global, national, state and regional level

Key projects

These projects have led to total annual cost savings of $150k and a 13% reduction in electricity use across all of Council’s buildings and facilities.

rooftop-solar.png Rooftop solar at 10 Council sites

Bridge Street Administration Building – 20kW; Suakin Street Depot – 100kW; Bancroft Art Centre – 12kW; Thomas Carlyle Childcare Centre – 19kW; North Turramurra Sewerage Treatment Plant – 41kW; Gordon Library – 52kW; Turramurra Library - 29kW, St Ives Library - 25kW, East Roseville Community centre - 16kW and Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre – 126kW. Council’s solar capacity has doubled in the past 3 years to 440kW.





led-lighting.png LED lighting upgrades at 13 community sites

St Ives Community Centre, West Lindfield Community Centre, Gordon Old School Building, East Roseville Community Centre, West Pymble Community Centre, Bancroft Art Centre, Thomas Carlyle Childcare Centre, St Ives Community Groups, Turramurra Library and Gordon Library, St Ives Library, Bridge Street Administration Building, Suakin Street Depot.






solar-hot-water.png Solar hot water at 10 community sites

Roseville Chase Oval, Thomas Carlyle Childcare Centre, Lindfield Oval (Tryon Oval), Gordon Library, Turramurra Oval (memorial),Golden Jubilee Oval, Old Bushland Depot, Wildflower Garden Pavilion, Wildflower Garden Residence and Marion St Theatre - Lower Floor Solar.






heat-pump.png Heat pump upgrades at 2 community sites

St Ives Showground (grandstand) and St Ives Showground (residency).







HVAC-upgrades.png Improvements to HVAC (air conditioning) controls at 7 Council sites

Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Gordon Library, Council Chambers, Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre, Gordon Library, Suakin Street Depot and Bridge Street Administration Building.







smart-metering.png Smart metering and/or automated monitoring systems at 18 Council sites

Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Gordon Library, North Turramurra Sewerage Treatment Plant, Gordon Golf Course Sewerage Treatment Plant, St Ives Showground, 828 Pacific Highway, Suakin Street Depot, Council Chambers, Lindfield Library, Turramurra Library, St Ives Library, Bancroft Art Centre, Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre, Gordon Old School Building, Bridge Street Administration Building, Former Council Nursery and Nursery Dwelling, Pymble car park Pacific Highway.





energy-efficiency.png Energy efficiency upgrades

Upgrades of pool filtration and pool heating plant at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre.







intelligent-lighting.png Intelligent lighting controls

At Gordon Library.







Community rebates

We are supporting residents, businesses and schools to reduce their energy and water use and protect their local environment

Energy Smart

Energy Smart - Pool Pump

Water Smart

Smart Schools

Smart Units

Climate Wise Communities

Our Climate Wise Communities program helps build community resilience and preparedness to extreme weather events such as bushfire, storm, drought and heatwave.

Do you know how you, your home or neighbourhood can prepare for a bushfire, flood or heatwave event? To find out, complete the online Climate Wise Communities Ready Check tool and receive an immediate list of things you can do to be prepared.

The Cities Power Partnership

Council is participating in The Cities Power Partnership, which celebrates and accelerates the emission reduction and clean energy successes of Australian towns and cities.

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