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CLIMATE AND
ENERGY

Imagine a Low Carbon City that is run from renewable energy, has a minimal carbon footprint, causes minimal damage to the planet and is affordable, attractive, liveable and sustainable.

The global climate is changing. The average temperatures in Australia have increased by around 0.9 degrees Celsius since 1910. Human induced greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions are considered to be the dominant cause of the observed global warming since the mid-20th century.

Council has established climate change and energy related objectives to greenhouse gas emissions, save money, improve performance of buildings, increase uptake of renewables and increase resilience to a changing climate.

CORPORATE OBJECTIVES
CE - 1.1
Carbon Emissions
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TARGET
At least 20% Reduction
BASELINE
14,688t CO2e (2007-08)
PERFORMANCE
21% Reduction | 11,635t CO2e (2017-18)

CE - 1.1 Carbon Emissions

Reduce Council’s CO2e emissions from street lighting, buildings and facilities

TARGET
At least 20% Reduction
BASELINE
14,688t CO2e (2007-08)
PERFORMANCE
21% Reduction | 11,635t CO2e (2017-18)

In 2017-18 greenhouse gas emissions from Council’s street lights, buildings and other facilities were calculated to be 11,635 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (t CO2e). This is a reduction of over 21% against the baseline of 14,688 t-CO2e in 2007-08.

Recent key measures to reduce emissions include:

    • Commencement of Council's Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, which includes the aim of ensuring Council effectively reduces its carbon emissions
    • Commencing the implementation of Council’s 2017 Building Energy Management Plan to reduce energy use and increase uptake of renewable energy sources
    • Adoption of Council’s Sustainable Buildings Policy

Please note: The generation of electricity in Victoria is increasingly less reliant on brown coal. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions for purchasers of electricity in Victoria have decreased by around 10% between 2007-08 and 2015-16. This factor combined with Council’s reduction in energy usage have contributed to the total reduction in Council’s CO2e emissions.

 

Highlights
Reduce Council’s CO2e emissions from street lighting, buildings and facilities

The appointment of Ernst & Young to prepare Council’s Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan by 2020.

Lighting Up Greater Dandenong project continues to install energy efficient LED streetlights.

Development of Building Energy Management Plan, based on outcomes of energy audits of 18 of Council’s buildings.

Development of a Draft Sustainable Building Policy for the design, construction and operation of Council’s buildings. 

Current Actions
  • Develop Corporate CO2 inventory for emissions as part of the Climate Change Strategy.
    2018-19 (In Progress)
    Planning & Design
  • Springvale Community Hub to be built to achieve Zero Net Emissions.
    2018-19 (In Progress)
    City Improvement
  • Implementation of Council’s Sustainable Buildings Policy to reduce CO2 emissions.
    Ongoing
    City Improvement
  • Implementation of Council’s Building Energy Management Plan to reduce CO2 emissions.
    Ongoing
    City Improvement
  • Springvale Community Hub to be built to achieve the 5 Star Green Star Standard.
    2016-19 (In Progress)
    City Improvement
  • Seek adoption of a Sustainable Buildings Policy for Council buildings.
    2016-18 (In Progress)
    Planning & Design + City Improvement
  • Implement the Energy Management Plan for Council Buildings.
    Ongoing
    City Improvement
  • Work with SECCCA and other councils to identify opportunities for regional collaboration on projects that can reduce Council’s CO2 emissions.
    Ongoing
    Planning & Design + City Improvement
  • Implementation of Council’s ‘Lighting Up Greater Dandenong’ project to reduce CO2 emissions.
    Ongoing
    City Improvement
Completed Actions
  • Implementation of Building Energy Management Plan actions at facilities such as the Dandenong Civic Centre and Thomas Street Multi-deck Carpark as part of the Capital Works Program.
  • Energy Audits of 18 Council Buildings considered to be high energy users.
  • $400,000 invested in 2016-17 in energy efficient LED streetlights.
CE - 1.2
Energy Efficiency
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CE - 1.3
Low Carbon and Renewable Energy
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CE - 1.4
Climate Change
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COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES
CE - 2.1
Carbon Emissions
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CE - 2.2
Energy Efficiency
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CE - 2.3
Renewable Energy
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CE - 2.4
Planning
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CE - 2.5
Awareness
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