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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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CE - 1.2
Energy Efficiency
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TARGET
At least 20% Reduction
BASELINE
Gas 6,371 GJ Elec. 10,922 MW (2007)
PERFORMANCE
Gas. 42% reduction – 3,704 GJ | Elec. 11% reduction – 9,631 MW (2016)

CE - 1.2 Energy Efficiency

Reduce the energy consumption of Council assets – includes buildings and street lights

TARGET
At least 20% Reduction
BASELINE
Gas 6,371 GJ Elec. 10,922 MW (2007)
PERFORMANCE
Gas. 42% reduction – 3,704 GJ | Elec. 11% reduction – 9,631 MW (2016)

Energy usage by Council’s street lights, buildings and other facilities (where Council pays the utility bills) for 2016 was:

  • Gas – 3,703 GJ (42% reduction against 2007 baseline)
  • Electricity – 9,631 MW (11% reduction against 2007 baseline).

Recent key measures to reduce energy consumption include:

  • Completion of energy audits at 18 of Council’s highest energy using buildings which have informed a Building Energy Management Plan.
  • $400,000 invested in 2016-17 in energy efficient streetlights upgrades as part of Council’s Lighting Up Greater Dandenong.
Highlights
Reduce the energy consumption of Council assets – includes buildings and street lights

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

Development of Energy Management Plan for Council Buildings.

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

Current Actions
  • Springvale Community Hub to be built to achieve Zero Net Emissions.
    2016-18 (In Progress)
    City Improvement
  • Seek adoption of the 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
  • Installation of LED streetlights as part of Council’s Lighting Up Greater Dandenong project.
    Ongoing
    City Improvement
  • Incorporate energy efficiency requirements in specifications for building plant and equipment.
    Ongoing
    City Improvement
Completed Actions
  • Energy efficiency measures included as part of the Springvale Town Hall upgrade.
  • Energy Audits of 18 Council Buildings considered to be high energy users.
  • $400,000 invested in 2016-17 in energy efficient LED streetlights.
CE - 1.3
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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