The City of Fremantle has long been committed to taking action against climate change, leading by example through reducing the emission generated from the City’s operations and working to create an urban environment and local community that is prepared and resilient to the impacts of climate change.
In May 2019 Fremantle Council declared that the world is in a state of climate and biodiversity emergency and in March 2021 they adopted the Climate Emergency Position Statement. Actions to support the statement are detailed below.
- New City buildings built to a high environmental standard.
- Advocacy to state government to improve planning and finance mechanisms to make buildings energy efficient.
- Installing LED lights in City car parks.
- Installation of the Cogen system for heating pools at the Fremantle Leisure Centre.
- Installing solar PV systems on council buildings.
- Working towards powering the City’s buildings with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
Zero emissions transport
- Improve active and public transport through implementation of the Fremantle Bike Plan and Integrated Transport Strategy.
- Reviewing fleet policy to provide a pathway to upgrade to low-emissions vehicles.
- Encourage and facilitate use of electric vehicles by installing publicly accessibly car charging points.
- Support for car share network through the City’s car share policy.
- Running trials for electric vehicles including scooter sharing for staff and electric rubbish trucks.
Consumption and waste minimisation
- Roll out of FOGO three bin system.
- Investigating how to provide FOGO for businesses.
- Encouraging waste and consumption reduction in the community.
- Maximising reuse of building waste from new buildings.
Fossil fuel divestment
- Wherever possible within the limitations of the Local Government Act, the City actively invests with fossil-free financial institutions.
- Create awareness about divestment and related campaigns.
Adaptation and resilience
- Through implementation of the Urban Forest Plan, increase tree canopy coverage to reduce the heat island effect and provide habitat for wildlife.
- Support urban food production through community garden and verge policies.
- Support building standards to cope with a changing climate.
- Work with state government agencies and the private sector to stabilize coastal areas impacted by increasingly damaging storm events and subsequent erosion.
Engaging the community
- Hosting community tree planting events and waterwise gardening workshops.
- Hosting home sustainability courses.
- Running engagement processes to provide information and a forum for discussion on the impacts of climate change and actions the City and individuals can take.
- Advocating to the Western Australian state government for renewable energy and emissions reduction targets, including a clear pathway for achieving a zero-carbon economy.
- Advocating to the Western Australian state government for the rapid upgrade of streetlighting to low-energy LEDs.
- Advocating for easier and cheaper installation costs for solar on multi-dwelling developments.
The City of Fremantle is committed to forming partnerships to share skills and knowledge and collectively advocate for climate action through the Cities Power Partnership and Climate Emergency Australia.
Cities Power Partnership
The City was one of the first 30 local governments in Australia to join the Cities Power Partnership, a program developed and supported by the Climate Council. To join, the City had to commit to monitoring five pledges under the categories of Renewable Energy, Work Together and Influence, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Transport. Our pledges are below.
Category: Renewable Energy
Fremantle pledge: Power council operations directly by renewable energy or by purchasing Greenpower. Increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Example project: Corporate Energy Plan
Category: Renewable Energy
Fremantle pledge: Provide the opportunity for unused council managed land at the former South Fremantle landfill site to be used for renewable energy purposes
Example project: South Fremantle Landfill Site
Category: Work Together and Influence
Fremantle pledge: Endorse knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community's capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Example project: Community events and workshops.
Category: Sustainable Transport
Fremantle pledge: Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design.
Example project: Integrated Transport Strategy, Bike Plan 2019-24, free CAT bus and free bicycle hire.
Category: Energy Efficiency
Fremantle pledge: Progressively roll out installation of energy efficient lighting in new City-owned buildings and lighting assets. Advocate for and support upgrades to street lighting not maintained by the City to be installed with energy efficient lighting.
Example project: Corporate Energy Plan. Market St and South Terrace streetlights, North Fremantle Bowling Club
Climate Emergency Australia
City of Fremantle was one of the founding members of Climate Emergency Australia (CEA), which was developed following a workshop of local government representatives at the National Climate Emergency Summit, held in Melbourne in February 2020. CEA officially commenced its work in June 2020, for an initial 12-month trial period, with the purpose of enabling local governments to work together on the climate emergency.
Relevant strategies and plans prepared by or for the City of Fremantle:
- Climate Change Adaptation Plan
- Greening Fremantle Strategy
- Corporate Energy Plan
- Water Conservation Strategy
- Urban Forest Plan
- Integrated Transport Strategy
- Bike plan
- Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plans
Relevant council policies:
- Car share
- Fremantle suburban footpaths
- Investment (divestment from carbon emissions)
- Fremantle suburban footpaths
Links to other City of Fremantle information sources:
- One Planet Fremantle Framework 2020–30
- One Planet Action Plan 2020-25
- My Say Freo – Climate Change
- My Say Freo – South Fremantle Solar Farm