City of Boroondara
Is a Power Partner
City of Boroondara strives to be a leader in sustainability, both in actions by Council directly and by encouraging sustainable living in our community. Residents have told us preserving our environment is very important to them. Council plays a critical role in caring for our environment and is implementing projects and policies that will reduce the impact of Council facilities and assets while building community capacity to live well and sustainably
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
City of Boroondara
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability
In 2009, City of Boroondara adopted the Our Low Carbon Future strategy. The strategy set the vision, principles and targets as part of Council’s commitment to our environment to:
- Reduce Council’s corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 30-40% below 2007/08 levels, by 2020.
- Support programs and projects that achieve emission reductions within the community of at least 50,000 tonnes of C02 by 2020.
The City of Boroondara adopted a new Sustainable Council Buildings Policy in 2016, reflecting evolving community expectations, a maturing sustainable buildings industry, and the emergence of the Green Star sustainability rating tool for public buildings. The policy commits Council to achieving five stars or better (Greenstar Design and As Built tool) for building projects valued over one million dollars.
The City of Boroondara has installed solar photovoltaics (PV) across many of its buildings exceeding 322 kW in capacity (at early 2018). The systems have been installed to reduce Council’s energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 235 tonnes per year.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability
The City of Boroondara commenced an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) in December 2017. This proven procurement method ensures investment in low emissions technologies; energy efficiency upgrades; and retrofits for Council’s largest sites. This will deliver substantial energy use and annual greenhouse gas savings estimated at approximately 1,760 tonnes, with a guaranteed financial return with the energy and maintenance savings paying for the works in less than ten years. A single specialist provider is responsible for identifying, delivering and guaranteeing the performance of efficiency upgrades to include lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) plant, and building fabric.
The recent adoption of the Boroondara Community Plan (2017-27) ensures Council is delivering what is important to our community. This plan commits Council to:
- Build community capacity to live sustainably through efficient use of energy and water resource recovery and renewable energy generation.
- Reduce the environmental impact of Council facilities and assets through continued greenhouse gas saving initiatives and stormwater treatment and re-use.