City of Perth Parking have developed various green initiatives to reduce energy consumption and vehicle emissions. Initiatives include tree planting, involvement in Electric Vehicle programmes and the installation of environmentally friendly features in car parks such as ticketless parking meters.
Environmentally Friendly Car Park Design
CPP car parks showcase an array of environmentally friendly features that set a new standard in the provision of greener car parking.
Some of the environmentally friendly features at our car parks include:
- LED signs with real-time bay availability that are integrated to wayfinding and directional signage and to the CPP website and mobile app assist in reducing travel time and CO2 emissions.
- Dedicated caged motorcycle and bicycle parking with controlled entries at our Elder Street car park. This is the first car park in Australia to provide these facilities. It allows patrons to park at Elder Street and use the free CAT bus to commute to the city centre to reduce traffic and congestion.
- Low energy lighting; including installation of induction lighting and lighting control systems that reduce energy consumption.
- Natural ventilation with automatic CO2 monitoring (ventilation adjusting) to reduce energy consumption.
- Parking Bay Guidance Systems - with coloured indicator lights positioned above each parking bay indicate whether parking bays are available, reserved or for Disability parking only and reduces driving time and CO2 emissions.
- Solar panels have been installed in some car parks to reduce power consumption, provide energy to electric vehicle charging facilities and reduce energy costs.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Electric Vehicle charging facilities are available at the following car parks: Elder St, His Majesty's, Cultural Centre, Concert Hall, Roe Street, Pier Street, State Library, Citiplace, Mayfair Street, Regal Place, Council House and Convention Centre.
There is a dedicated Electric Vehicle bay in each of the following car parks: Elder St, Pier St and Convention Centre car parks. These facilities have 15 amp outlets and are suitable for most Australian electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicle charging facilities in other car parks are 32 Amp 3 Phase outlets. These are not dedicated electric vehicle bays, therefore if available a minimum of one day notice is required in order to keep the bay open for an electric vehicle. This will only be possible if the bay required is vacant at the time.
Note: There is at present no charge for electricity use, only the parking fee is payable.
City of Perth is not liable in contract, tort, statute or otherwise for any loss of, or damage to property or personal injury, arising from any use of electric vehicle charging facilities.
Tree Planting to Offset Carbon Emissions
The City of Perth is the first local authority in Australia to commit to a climate change initiative in the form of carbon sequestration. (The prevention of greenhouse gas build-up in the earth's atmosphere by methods such as planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide)
340,000 trees have been planted and maintained funded from fees paid by parking customers.
85,000 trees were planted in 2009 and maintained on a property in Kojonup, which will entrap an estimated 15,600 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) at maturity.This demonstrates the City’s commitment to reducing atmospheric carbon.