Cities Power Partnership

Draft Program (subject to change)

Thursday 18 October 2018
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and arrival coffee
9:00 am - 9:20 amAcknowledgement of country
9:20 am - 9:30 amWelcome
Councilor Mark Honey, Mayor, Kiama Municipal Council
9:30 am - 9:40 amSummit overview
MC: Bruce Roberts, Journalist and Newsreader, Win Television
9:40 am - 10:25 amInternational Keynote address
R. Rex Parris, Mayor, City of Lancaster, California
Lancaster reborn - how we became the clean energy capital of California
10:25 am - 10:55 amClimate science update
Professor Lesley Hughes, Climate Councillor and Distinguished Professor of Biology, Macquarie University
Impacts for towns and cities.
10:55 am - 11:25 amMorning Tea
11:25 am - 12:25 amEstablishing carbon reduction or carbon neutral targets
Nik Midlam, Manager Carbon Strategy, City Sustainability, City of Sydney
Daniel Murphy, Manager of Economic Development, Bega Valley Shire Council
Dr Matthew Nott, Founder, Clean Energy for Eternity
  • Where to start - how to get Councillors on board?
  • What are the information needs?
  • Setting targets within the context of council change
  • Broadening to community wide emissions – what’s involved?
12:25 pm - 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmPower Partner Best Practice Case studies

How innovative local government carbon emission reduction projects have either demonstrated leadership, a novel approach or overcome barriers.
CPP Summit Media Spokesperson Training
2:00pm - 5:30pm
Run by the Climate Media Centre, this afternoon session for Mayors, elected representatives / delegated media spokespeople will assist in messaging for media opportunities.Numbers are strictly limited so submit your request early to avoid disappointment. FREE for registered Summit delegates. The session will run concurrently to the plenary Summit program on site. Download the Workshop Flyer by clicking here.
Renewable Energy
Dr Sonia Marshall, Strategic Policy Officer, Sustainability, Liveability and Natural Assets, Sunshine Coast Council, Qld
How Council’s 25 year Environment & Livability Strategy underpinned its 15MWh Solar Farm development & demand management initiatives.
Energy Efficiency
Julie McMinn, Co-ordinator, Switch Your Thinking! Program, City of Gosnells, WA
Switch Your Thinking!
is a regional approach developed to reduce administration and pursue ambitious mitigation projects across Metropolitan Perth. Working collectively with 16 Local Governments the licensed program services 1.1 million residents, 90,900 businesses and 300 schools. Efficiency projects include early adoption of green building practices, revolving energy funds, demand response alerts, negotiation of community purchase incentives and innovative residential trials
Sustainable Transport
Climate Change Policy Team, ACT Government

Overview of the ACT’s Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan 2018-2021, fleet electrification, charging infrastructure rollout and electric / hybrid bus & e-bike fleet trials.
Work Together & Influence
Anthony Weinberg, 3-Council Regional Environment Program Coordinator, Waverley, Woollahra & Randwick Councils, NSW
Nicola Saltman, Engagement Lead, 3 Council Regional Environment Program, Waverley, Woollahra & Randwick Councils, NSW

Solar my School Program, a free Council-run initiative designed to help primary and secondary schools “go solar” through feasibility, funding, installation, promotion & education assistance. In 12 months 36 of 64 schools are participating representing 1.3MW of identified and installed solar.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmAfternoon Tea
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmParticipating in the voluntary carbon market
Chris Wilson, Director of Sustainability Advisory Services, Pangolin Associates
To pursue a carbon neutral certification or to meet a greenhouse gas emission reduction target, Councils are increasingly interested in identifying the processes to participate in the voluntary carbon market.
  • Performance to date – what is the participation of Australian councils?
  • Where to start – establishing a baseline, data management & collection, supply chain research, offset purchasing guidelines
  • How affordable is the process?
  • Can councils be both proponents and purchasers of carbon offsets?
Case study: Brisbane City Council goes carbon neutral
Vicky Petterson, Senior Program Officer, Carbon Policy and Administration, Brisbane City Council
Australia’s largest local government authority in population & budget received received formal certification as a carbon neutral organisation under the Australian Government's Carbon Neutral Program in early 2018.
  • Lessons learned from measuring GHG emissions from landfill operations, electricity and fuel use and council supply chains
  • Emissions reduction projects - landfill gas capture and combustion, energy & fuel efficiency and renewable energy
  • How Council approached purchasing eligible carbon offsets to negate all residual emissions
4:30 pm - 5:10 pmUnderstanding and managing climate liability for councils
Professor Karen Hussey, Climate Councilor & Director, Public Policy Unit, University of Queensland
  • How much can we assess climate risk & exposure?
  • Overview of risk management assessments
  • Climate models
  • Mitigation & adaptation activities
5:10 pm - 5:30 pmClosing Remarks
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmNetworking drinks
7:00 pm - 10:30 pmPower Partner Inaugural Awards

Award categories:

  • Renewable Energy Achievement Award
  • Energy Efficiency Achievement Award
  • Sustainable Transport Achievement Award
  • Community Engagement Award
  • Best Buddies Award
  • CPP Ambassador (individual)

Friday 19 October 2018
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and arrival coffee
9:00 am - 9:05 amWelcome and Day two preview
MC: Bruce Roberts, Journalist and Newsreader, Win Television
9:05 am - 9:40 amLocal Keynote Presentation
Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Climate Change & Sustainability , ACT Government
Role of local government action, COAG & National Energy Guarantee update
ACT progress on carbon neutral 2050 & 100% renewable energy targets

9:40am - 11:00 amManaging Energy & Carbon Price Risk - MREP panel. Panelists:
John Griffiths, Senior Sustainability Officer, Urban Sustainability, City of Melbourne
Brett McDonald, Senior Greenhouse Projects Officer, City of Port Phillip

Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) Power Purchase Agreement

  • MREP Overview - who, when, how & why
  • The appeal of linking electricity retail contracts to carbon neutrality
  • What were the decision making steps Councils had to undertake to join the City of Melbourne led initiative of 14 members
  • How did members measure and assess risk and financial impacts & environmental benefits
  • What are the key learnings & opportunities for local government 
New PPA market offerings
11:00 am - 11:30 amMorning Tea
Claire Painter, EQ Infrastructure Readiness Manager, Mercedes-Benz Australia
The state of EVs in Australia, an update & Victorian Local Government EV fleet readiness
Claire Connell, Project Officer, ClimateWorks Australia
Public charging infrastructure & council fleet electrification–what are the key considerations for Councils?
Carbon Neutral Adelaide (invited)
Learnings from NSW /ACT fast charging EV network rollout - avoiding pitfalls & future opportunities for councils
Bernhard Conoplia, Program Director, EV Charging Network, NRMA
Wait for grant or act now – understanding the opportunity costs
Greg Bourne, Climate Councillor
Overview of the CEFC Local Government Financing program lending options & project funding evaluation criteria
Victoria Adams, Director, Corporate and Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Case study: Council developed mid scale 5MWh solar farm on former landfill site – the funding story
Adam Clarke, Program Coordinator, Corporate and Community Planning, Newcastle City Council
1:30pm - 2:20 pmLunch
2:20 pm - 2:50 pmBecoming Pitch Perfect
Fiona Ivits, Cities Power Partnership media advisor, Climate Council
  • Tips for generating local media interest in your climate projects
  • Finding the angle brainstorm
  • Driving social media engagement
  • Developing engaging content
  • Training of council media spokespersons for responding to climate disruption (eg extreme weather events) climate solutions & new initiatives
  • The role of video in telling a climate action story
  • How the Cities Power Partnership team can help.

2:50 pm - 3:20 pmClosing panel discussion: Cities Power Partnership reflections on year one
  • How has participating in the CPP benefited our emissions reduction mission
  • Where to from here - what would we like to see in year 2 & beyond?
3:20 pm - 3:30 pmSummary remarks & close