Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi at the Sustainability Salon for Perth, 2013

The Council of the City of Perth has released strategic directions paper, Towards an Energy Resilient City and embarked on discussions with stakeholders and industry to make the city more energy-efficient, reducing consumption and increasing the use of renewable energy.

“We recognise that as the city is growing, there are increased demands on energy and opportunities to explore innovative and alternative methods for how energy can be delivered cost-effectively to meet the city’s future energy needs,” Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said.

“In taking a leadership role to reduce our energy consumption, become more sustainable and use renewable energy where possible, the City of Perth encourages residents and businesses to take their own action to lower greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Strategic Directions Paper incorporates the findings of extensive research and analysis of energy use across the city. Some of the key findings include the major impact of the commercial sector on the city’s overall footprint, with 51 per cent of greenhouse emissions coming from commercial office buildings. By comparison, the residential sector contributes 4 per cent.

Vehicle emissions from commuting are another major contributor, with Perth’s average metropolitan commuter travel distance being 19.5 kilometres a day.

Strategic directions for reducing the overall footprint include energy efficiency initiatives, increasing the use of renewable energy, and transport strategies, which includes a shift towards more use of public transport, alternative car ownership options and management of electricity demand and sources for electric vehicles.

Overall, the city aims to achieve a 32 per cent reduction in citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 2031 (against business as usual emissions), and a 20 per cent reduction in the City’s operations emissions by 2020 (set against a 2011/12 baseline).