Moreland City

Is a Power Partner
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660kW

rooftop solar installed

$300,000

saved on energy bills

100%

renewable waste vehicle trial

Moreland is proud to sign up to the Cities Power Partnership to help drive local action on climate change – to share our successes, help others and learn from the diverse partnership members.

Mayor Helen Davidson

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

Council has been taking leadership action to reduce our corporate emissions for almost 20 years.  In 2012 we were the third council in Australia to be certified carbon neutral for our corporate operations. Since 2011, energy efficiency upgrades and installation of solar photovoltaics (PV) on Council buildings have delivered cumulative savings of over $300,000 (gas and electricity bills) and nearing 660kW of installed rooftop PV capacity. We foster our community’s transition to carbon neutrality and sustainability by working closely with the Moreland Energy Foundation and CERES Environment Park in Brunswick.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

In an Australian first, Moreland is one of a number of councils banding together with some of Melbourne’s most iconic businesses, universities and cultural institutions to drive investment in new renewable energy through the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project. Our group wants to purchase 110 GWh worth of energy from new large-scale renewable energy facilities. In another Australian first, Moreland City Council is teaming up with the experts at H2U to support development of a fleet of waste vehicles powered by 100% renewable hydrogen fuel, as well as the creation of a commercial-scale refuelling station. These projects will deliver deep cuts to Council’s corporate carbon footprint and could transform how councils across Australia procure energy and provide waste services. Further activating our residents and businesses to play their part in the shift to zero carbon as acritical challenge for the future.

 Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership

When it comes to local action on climate change, Moreland is leading the charge. We’re joining the Cities Power Partnership because we recognise the value of knowledge sharing and connecting with other leaders as well as supporting others councils to take effective action on climate change.

Mayor Helen Davidson

 

Moreland City Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

For communities reliant on a local coal industry, local government can support the transition away from fossil fuels, by lobbying for state and federal support for a just transition for workers, families and the community and encouraging local economic development and opportunities based on a low carbon economy.

Ensure that new developments are designed to maximize public and active transport use, and are designed to support electric vehicle uptake.

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

Providing for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and supporting cyclists through providing parking, and end-of-ride facilities (covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).

Opening up unused council managed land for renewable energy, for example land fills, and road reserves.

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