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We've made the switch!

Lane Cove Council switches to 100% renewable energy!

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We've made the switch! As of today, all Council facilities and street lights are now powered by 100% renewable energy!

Last year Lane Cove Council, along with 24 other participating councils, signed one of the largest renewable energy deals for local government that sees participating councils' retail electricity supplied by three NSW solar farms. 

The 'switch' came into effect today which means that all Council facilities in Lane Cove, including Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, are now powered by 100% renewable energy. This, combined with Council's other energy savings and own solar power generation projects, decreases Council's emissions by 73%, a significant advance on our 80% reduction target set for 2036. 

Council has budgeted to offset its vehicle fleet emissions, which pre-COVID amounted to 7.8% of Council's emissions. If these return to pre COVID levels as expected, Council will have achieved an 80% reduction in its emissions from operations. 

Even without the emissions offset, from 1 July, Council's emissions from operations will be reduced from 2% to 0.5% of the LGA's total emissions. 

This target outperforms the NSW Government's net zero emissions target by 2050 as well as the Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020–2030, to achieve 35% emissions reduction in New South Wales by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels). 

How we switched to GreenPower

Lane Cove Council, along with 24 other participating councils, joined one of the largest renewable energy deals for local government which results in participating councils' retail electricity supplied by three NSW solar farms. Council fixed renewable energy prices in November 2021 in advance of wholesale electricity prices rising as much as 140% in 2022. Market analysts agree that electricity prices generally, may remain elevated for the next two years. Council's fixed price renewable energy contract provides greater certainty and integrity around cash flow management and financial forecasting.

Worth approximately $180 million, the landmark retail electricity agreement will deliver over 214 gigawatt hours of green electricity per year to 25 councils across NSW. 

It involves the supply of electricity to over 300 major council facilities, more than 210,000 street lights and more than 3,000 small sites managed by councils. The 25 participating councils serve 38% of NSW population. The agreement commenced 1 July 2022 and runs to 2026 with an option to extend to 2030. Lane Cove Council has opted for 100% renewable energy under the agreement to supply our facilities including local street lighting.

Council will also be participating in the next stage of upgrades to LED street lighting which will see street lights along regional roads updated to LED lights. This follows on from Council's recent work to upgrade all local streets to LED lights, a project completed in 2021. 

What can you do? 

Regardless of the type of home you live in, you can still join the renewable energy revolution by signing up for GreenPower. 

When you opt for a GreenPower electricity plan from your electricity provider, your money goes to getting more renewably sourced energy into the electricity grid. A GreenPower electricity plan is a simple alternative for residents and businesses unable to install solar panels – and it's a great supplementary option for rooftop-solar users too. Read more. 

With over 60% of residents in Lane Cove living in apartments, Council is also looking to work with Strata Schemes to help residents access renewable energy and benefit from lower utility bills.

If you are involved in a Strata Scheme then Council would be keen to hear from you via sustainability@lanecove.nsw.gov.au to discuss future measures which could include solar panels, solar heat pumps for hot water, electric vehicle chargers and GreenPower.

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Council supports Plastic Free July, and you can too.

As a Council Member, Lane Cove is actively involved in supportingPFJ-Badge-Council-Member-2022.jpg our community to choose to refuse single-use plastics directly as well as pledging to make a difference by eliminating single-use plastics from our meetings and events, promoting reusable coffee cups through our partnership with Huskee Coffee Swap and encouraging residents to make the swap.

Together, we can all do our part to help end plastic waste and alleviate the recycling crisis, reduce landfill waste, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Plastic Free July challenge provides resources and ideas to help participants (millions around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and in the community. 

Ready to join the Lane Cove community in taking the Plastic Free July challenge?

It can be as easy as picking one single-use plastic item to avoid or swap for a reusable alternative. 

Many people choose to avoid the Top 4 single-use plastics:

  • Take-away coffee cups

  • Plastic shopping bags

  • Plastic straws

  • Water bottles 

Get started with this Action Picker to browse some popular ideas and make your pledge!

Visit the Plastic Free July website for more ideas and resources.

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On Thursday 26 May, Council was recognised at the Local Government Professionals Awards with a Highly Commended Award for Environmental Leadership. 

Council's Award submission entitled EmPOWERING a                                     Cli2022 Highly Commended.pngmate Resilient Community highlighted Council's leadership through: 

  • Short-term energy emission and water use targets;

  • Climate resilience;

  • Our electric vehicle network; and

  • Urban forest strategy/tree canopy tools. 

It's great to receive industry recognition for Lane Cove's leadership in this area – we know there's still plenty more work to be done in this area and we look forward to working with the community to deliver on this.

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The countdown is on for the single use plastics ban

The NSW Government is banning certain single-use plastic items. This will prevent nearly 2.7 billion plastic items from entering the coastal, marine, and bushland environments of NSW over the next 20 years.

From the 1st of June 2022, the supply of lightweight shopping bags will be banned in NSW. From the 1st of November 2022, the supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls, and plates and expanded polystyrene food service items will be banned in NSW. Council will be supporting businesses to prepare for these changes. In the meantime you can assist businesses by remembering your reusable coffee cup and bag whenever you're visiting your local café and shops.

Visit the NSW Governments website for more information.

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Sustainable Lane Cove 

Take two minutes to watch this video where we share an important message about how you can help make a difference in the community by living more sustainably. You’ll also find out more about the emissions and water reduction targets for Lane Cove and the practical actions you can take to help.

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