The EMRC has a long history of energy and emissions reduction projects, dating back to 1993. 

EMRC energy and emissions reduction projects

Click here for the full list of the EMRC Emissions Reduction projects.

Green Power Purchase Agreement

In November 2021, EMRC and our member Councils joined nearly 50 other Local Governments in a landmark agreement with Synergy, negotiated by WALGA. The initiative will supply renewable energy accessed from WA’s Albany, Emu Downs and Collgar wind farms.

Of the 48 local governments, 43 plan to go to 100% renewable at the contract commencement in April 2022, with the remainder to transition over three years.

From 1 December 2022 all EMRC sites, including the Ascot Place administration office, Red Hill Waste Management Facility and Hazelmere Resource Recovery Park, will be supplied with electricity from 100% renewable sources, reducing our annual emissions by approximately 770 t CO2-e. One important step toward towards our journey to Net Zero.

Wind Farm Emu Downs

Achieving Carbon Emission Reduction (ACER) Program

The EMRC’s ACER program is a long-standing initiative that commenced in 2009 and has continued to evolve to meet the needs of member Councils. It was developed to continue momentum and fill the gap created by the defunding of the Federal Government’s Cities for Climate Protection (CPP) Program.

The ACER program is governed by a carbon management framework that includes a cyclical process to monitor, review and improve. The ACER Program has two modules:

The EMRC also undertakes a multitude of small research projects for our ACER Councils including, but not limited to:

Home Energy Audit Kit

The Home Energy Audit Kit was developed as part of the Achieving Carbon Emissions Reduction (ACER) Program. The kit contains various tools and information which allow residents to conduct an energy audit of their home and increase their understanding of energy use and sustainability.

 The Kits and individual PowerMate’s are available for loan from Town of Bassendean and Shire of Mundaring libraries.

Member Council

Library Location

What’s Available

Town of Bassendean

Bassendean Memorial Library

46 Old Perth Road, Bassendean

2 Home Energy Audit Kits

4 Individual Power-Mates

Shire of Mundaring

Albert Facey Memorial Library (Mundaring Library)

Nichol Street, Mundaring

1 Home Energy Audit Kit

2 Individual Power-Mates

Shire of Mundaring

Katharine Susannah Prichard Library (Boya library)
119-135 Scott Street, Helena Valley

1 Home Energy Audit Kit

2 Individual Power-Mates

Heat Kit

Helpful Links

Past Energy Projects

Benchmarking Building Efficiency (BBE)

The two-year BBE project, completed in 2021, involved energy audits and benchmarking assessments of 78 local government facilities across the Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Belmont, Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan.

The project provided comparable benchmarks for buildings with similar functions and recommendations for energy efficiency initiatives, retrofits and investments. The project’s outputs support participating councils to seek funding and continue implementing energy efficiency initiatives with individual facility and regional-scale building energy information.



Re-energising Perth’s Eastern Region - Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP)

EMRC received nearly $647,000 in co-funding from the Australian Government for the $1.4 million Re-energising Perth's Eastern Region project. The EMRC, Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater and Shire of Mundaring collaborated to undertake much needed energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits at four community facilities including:

Re-energising Perth's Eastern Region

Perth Solar City

Perth Solar City was part of the Australian Government’s $94 million Solar Cities programme, that spanned from 2009-2013, designed to understand the benefits and barriers to the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Perth Solar City was one of seven designated Solar Cities across Australia and the only Solar City in WA. 

Perth Solar City