Moreland City

Is a Power Partner
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660kW

rooftop solar installed

$300,000

saved on energy bills

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.

Moreland City Partnership Action Pledge

Our power partners are commited to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.

Purchase 100% of Council’s operational electricity demand from new renewables by 2019 ------ Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers).

Offer and support Environmental Upgrade Agreements as a financing mechanism for Moreland businesses. ------------- Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approvals processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

Collaborate with the private sector towards design and construction of a renewable powered hydrogen refuelling station and trial of ‘zero emissions’ waste trucks. ------------------- Waste collection fleet conversion to hydrogen fuelled or electric power.

Roll-out the ‘Solar on Leased Facilities’ program to support community tenants in Council-owned buildings to receive the benefits of solar PV without the upfront capital cost -------------- Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approval processes such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

Develop a strategic framework for achieving a zero carbon emissions Moreland by 2040 --------- Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy- both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

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