Randwick City Council
Randwick City is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. It covers 37 square kilometres. Established in 1859, Randwick is the second-oldest local government area in New South Wales, after the City of Sydney.
"Climate Active certification is a way of taking responsibility for the unavoidable emissions generated by an organisation's operations."
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Why are you carbon neutral?
Randwick Council committed to an in-principle objective of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Components of this target were the preparation of a 100% renewable energy roadmap and Carbon Neutral certification.
Randwick Council is committed to reducing its emissions. This is done primarily through projects and initiatives which reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, such as increasing the uptake of electric vehicles in its fleet and purchasing a portion of its electricity from the Moree Solar farm in NSW. As a carbon neutral council, Randwick is also able to take responsibility for its unavoidable emissions which arise from activities such as purchasing IT equipment and cleaning services.
What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Through the Climate Active certification, Randwick Council gains a greater understanding of its sources of greenhouse gas emissions. This then empowers the Council to make evidence-based operational decisions to effectively reduce emissions.
What offset projects do you support?
To offset the remaining emissions in financial year 2017/18, Randwick Council invested in a solar power project in India.
Why did you choose these projects?
This project involves the installation of solar PV systems throughout India, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and has the additional benefit of generating employment opportunities and infrastructure in the relevant regions.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
In 2019, Randwick Council completed its Renewable Energy Roadmap which outlines in detail Council's pathway to sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. The key items of this roadmap include the continued rollout of LED lighting across Council sites and street lights; the optimisation of air handling units; the replacement of diesel and petrol vehicles with electric and hybrid vehicles; and increasing the portion of renewable energy purchased from off-site solar and wind farms via renewable energy power purchase agreements.
What has been the impact of your action?
Almost all of Council's projects and initiatives which reduce emissions also reduce Council's energy costs and ongoing maintenance costs, meaning finance can be reallocated to projects which benefit the community. One such project in 2019 - the upgrade of fluorescent lighting at Council's largest library - replaced over 1,000 lights and saved Council more than $60,000 per year.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
Climate Active certification is a way of taking responsibility for the unavoidable emissions generated by an organisation's operations.