Our Commitment to Sustainability

City of Newcastle was the first local government in NSW to make the switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity. Strongly committed to sustainability right across the organisation, the City has delivered key projects to reduce our environmental impact while achieving strong financial savings from these actions for ratepayers. A five-megawatt solar farm on a former landfill site, various rooftop solar installations, upgrading street lights to LEDs, supporting the transition to electric transport and building an organics processing facility are also part of the sustainability push. As a signatory of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the City recognises that the world faces a climate emergency and is actively working to help achieve the Paris Climate Agreement goals and create a net zero emissions future.

City powers into sustainable new era

Council has confirmed itself as one of Australia’s most environmentally progressive councils today when it opened a new $6 million resource recovery facility and switched on an $8 million five-megawatt solar farm.

City awards 100 per cent renewable contract

Council will become the first local government in NSW to move to 100 per cent renewable electricity after awarding a tender to purchase power from the state’s largest windfarm. 

City of Newcastle recognises climate emergency

Council has recognised in a council resolution of 28 May 2019 that there is a global climate emergency and urgent need for real action on climate change.

LEDs to light up residential streets

Council will replace more than 5,000 ageing street lights with environmentally friendly light emitting diodes (LEDs) in a bid to slash the city's annual energy use.

Council Building Upgrades

Council has a series of goals to enable it to continue to achieve financial and environmental sustainability progress. Projects including solar and battery storage systems, energy efficiency upgrades and more.