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Climate Change Toolkit by Rural Councils Victoria & Ironbark Sustainability

Report by Ironbark Sustainability for Rural Councils Victoria.

The toolkit is designed to help your council understand its responsibilities and take meaningful action on climate change. It is broken into five parts, each of which has been designed to be a stand-alone document, so you can pick and choose which modules to explore based on where you are on your climate action journey. The modules are:

Guidance Note: This document goes through local government climate change roles and responsibilities, including legislative requirements. It considers liability risks and benefits and opportunities for action, as well as some ways to overcome common barriers faced by rural councils.

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The business case for electrification – CPP November Webinar

Dr Carl Tidemann, Senior Researcher at the Climate Council will be presenting the key findings and recommendations of the recently released report ‘Switch and Save: How gas is costing households’. Dr Carl will also talk about the award winning ‘Home Appliance Savings Calculator’ online tool created to accompany the release of the report as well as future planned work on energy efficiency in homes and buildings.

Kate Jackson, Coordinator Community Sustainability at Inner West Council NSW, Dayna Surlan, Project Consultant, Sustainability at WSP and Matthew Clarke, Director at Common Capital have joined forces to develop a business case for electrification of apartment buildings under 6 storeys. 

Kate, Dayna & Matthew will be taking us through:

Inner West Council’s recent study with WSP and Common Capital to support “low carbon high performance” precincts
The emissions of lower rise developments and refurbishments (below 6 storeys),
Findings and recommendations of the study, including the impact of electrification and its cost-benefit analysis.

In 2021 Merri-bek City Council (formerly Moreland City Council, VIC) launched its Electrify Everything: Communications Message Guide for Households. An Australian-first, the guide is based on qualitative market research undertaken to inform the electrification communications campaign for homes. Merri-bek is now leading a Community of Practice with over 80 local council officers focused on communicating the importance of electrification for Australia’s energy transition and how households can get involved. 

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Afternoon Tea Q&A with Belinda Noble from Comms Declare

As we know, fossil fuel sponsorships of sports and community groups and fossil fuel advertising are coming under increasing scrutiny in Australia and overseas. Belinda will take us through the reasons she started the Fossil Ad Ban campaign, which councils have voted for a ban so far, and the next steps of the campaign.

Belinda will also cover the concept of advertised, or ‘Scope X’ emissions, how they fit into climate plans, and the reputational risks of partnering with coal, oil or gas companies.

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Afternoon Tea Q&A with CitySwitch

CitySwitch: A national coalition of councils engaging businesses on net zero emissions

Join us for afternoon tea at 3pm AEDT Thursday 10 November as we hear about the impact CitySwitch has had over its 15 year history and how it has evolved to meet the needs of the climate emergency.
Councils will learn:

what is involved in being a CitySwitch Council,
the benefits in joining the national program and,
how it can help with local area business engagement on net zero

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How to make Electric Vehicles and the power grid work: new report

A new University of Melbourne and Energy Networks Australia report has highlighted how sensible electric vehicle policy settings will support the power system and help customers save money.

The recommendations reflect two years’ research into customer use of EVs and their impact on the grid. They provide milestones for actions by governments, networks and market bodies for the short, medium and long term.

The recommendations include electricity pricing that rewards customers for charging vehicles when electricity is plentiful; smart chargers to help move charging to when electricity is cheap; smart meters with EV smart chargers and the adoption of international standards.

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Accelerating Climate Action: Policy recommendations for government

Report by the Insurance Council of Australia 

Government and industry leadership on climate change Australian Government leadership on climate change, demonstrated through the setting of strong national emissions reduction targets, has an important role to play in accelerating the decarbonisation of our economy in a fair and equitable way.

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State of Electric Vehicles: October 2022

Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia has grown again, with the EV market share increasing by 65% in 2022 to 3.39% of new light vehicle (car) sales. While this is another significant milestone, further acceleration of EV adoption is a necessary prerequisite to achieving Australia’s emission reduction targets. The primary barrier to EV adoption remains a lack of vehicle supply. To address this challenge there is an urgent need for a strong and serious national EV strategy.

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Afternoon Tea Q&A with Harry Barber, City of Yarra

Join us for afternoon tea at 3pm AEDT Thursday 27 October as we hear from City of Yarra resident and traffic consultant, Harry Barber, as he takes us through an initiative to electrify municipal hand tools. Frustrated by the air and noise pollution of council tools and concerned about the effects that the fumes might be having on the operators, City of Yarra resident Harry Barber set out to conduct in-depth research and compile constructive reports on this subject.

What you’ll gain from the session:

A better understanding of the harms and climate impacts of small petrol-powered tools
A summary of the retail bans in Australia and California
A pathway for Councils towards electrification of their hand tools
And insights into this electrification process from the City of Yarra depot.

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Afternoon Tea Q&A with Onkaparinga City Council

The Energy Support Program complements Onkaparinga’s Green Buildings Initiative which aims to reduce energy and water use, waste to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions from all council owned buildings over time and is an integral part of our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint.

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Electrification of municipal power tools

Electrification at the City of Yarra

This is a report on progress made by the City of Yarra in the electrification of hand-held, petrol- powered tools used by teams based at the Council depot.

Summary information is provided on the electrification of non-road tools and road-based equipment.

Most hand tools have been electrified

Most of the hand tools based at the City of Yarra depot have been electrified including blowers, hedge trimmers (including an extension trimmer), chain saws (including an extension saw), brush cutters, mower, post-hole auger and backpack spray units.

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