“Having smart solutions for a sustainable future is a key strategic direction in our Council Plan and we believe the Cities Power Partnership will be a great resource as we work towards this outcome”
Mayor Bernadene Voss
What Port Phillip has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:
Port Phillip has had an active environmental retrofit program since 2010. As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this program has been effective in reducing expenditure on electricity and gas. For example, since 2012, electricity consumption at St Kilda Town Hall has been reduced by 40%. This includes the installation of 172 kW solar electricity system on St Kilda Town Hall – the biggest solar installation on an Australian town hall. The system will save 300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year and help power the large, historic building. This project forms a vital part of Port Phillip’s strategy to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Regular sustainable living events are very popular in Port Phillip and Council runs them every couple of months. They focus on a wide range of topics including solar and battery storage, ‘zero waste’ living, and composting in apartments.
Through our award-winning program ‘Early Years Sustainability Leadership’, we work in partnership with Early Years services to embed sustainability into the curriculum and building operations. As a result, these services are reducing their environmental impact, enriching their education programs, and becoming environmental leaders and mentors in their industry.
The ‘Community Carbon Cops’, a group of energy savers established by Council and the University of the Third Age in 2013, have helped save thousands of dollars and reduced carbon dioxide emissions in Council buildings, including an Albert Park community centre, through initiatives including improved insulation and solar panels.
We have a dedicated website called Enviro eHub, where our community can learn all about sustainable living, events and news in the City of Port Phillip, plus a monthly Sustainability Newsletter to further engage and leverage our community.
What Port Phillip hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:
A staged rollout of solar panels on other Council-owned buildings has already begun, including libraries, community centres and the expansion of solar at South Melbourne Market.
Port Phillip is involved in the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project. Through this program, Council’s greenhouse gas emissions would plummet about 90 per cent with the switch to a 100 per cent renewable energy source.
Our new council Environment Strategy, together with our new Sustainable City Community Action Plan, will launch in 2018. These will contain a raft of targets and initiatives to support sustainable living and actively reduce council and community impacts on our environment and society.
Port Phillip has a suite of existing sustainability strategies and plans developed to support our community to both adapt to a changing climate and reduce impacts associated with energy, water, waste and transport. For the full list, click here.