Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges
The 2017-2021 Eurobodalla Emissions Reduction Plan sets out Council’s strategy to minimise the greenhouse gas emissions from Council operations. It builds on the work done in the previous editions of the plan over the period 2007-2017. A new corporate energy emissions reduction target of 80% by 2030 has been established.
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Council has committed to sourcing 100% of Council’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030. To achieve this, Council will expand the number of facilities that have solar. Council will also be conducting feasibility studies and research on the best way to achieve 100% renewables as well as making sure that the benefits of renewable energy are maximised. On this front, Council will look into a number of more innovative renewable energy solutions and strategies including: – Battery storage – Emerging clean energy technologies (e.g. tidal power, peer-to-peer electricity trading) – New ways of trading and valuing renewable energy – Large scale solar
The Surf Beach and Broulee landfill sites will begin extracting methane from decaying organic waste in 2017. This will be flared and converted into carbon dioxide (CO2) in the short term. Burning the methane reduces the global warming potential of the gas by 25 times, and results in substantial emission reductions. If there is a sufficiently reliable volume of methane, there may be opportunities to generate electricity. This would be classified as renewable energy and qualify for generating extra revenue through the sale of Large-scale Generation Certificates. If there is an insufficient quantity of methane for electricity generation there may be opportunities to use the waste heat from the methane flare for other purposes. This could include evaporating the leachate from the landfill sites or drying out bio-solids from the nearby Surf Beach Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). Both of these options could result in cost savings to Council. In conjunction with this activity Council is also investigating the technical and economic feasibility of a bio-gas plant at the Surf Beach Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), which is located next to the Surf Beach landfill site. This may be able to harvest additional methane from the STP and then use the landfill methane in a combined power generation plant.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Upgrade all street lighting to LED by June 2021. The recent LED upgrade was only conducted on residential roads. Essential Energy, the network provider, are still conducting trials on LEDs for main roads and have not approved them for wide scale use in Eurobodalla yet. These trials are expected to be completed in the near future which will enable all remaining street lights to be upgraded to LED. This is expected to save 390 tonnes of CO2e/yr. Investigate the opportunities presented by smart controls for street lights. Smart controls that are connected to street lights can enable lights to be dimmed up or down in response to a range of inputs. Lights can be remotely monitored to enable early failure detection. They may also act as the enabling platform for ‘smart cities’ by transmitting community wide data and establishing connectivity with other devices in the public domain.
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Council has already installed more than 630kW of solar power at council facilities. Council will continue to install proven, economically and technically feasible renewable energy technologies that have a positive business case for Council.
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability
Eurobodalla Shire Council is on track meet its current target of a 25 per cent emissions reduction by 2020, and will have saved over 14,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year and over $1 million per year in the process.
This has been achieved though energy efficiency and demand management programs, installation of more than 630kW of solar power at council facilities, LED street lighting upgrades, and methane flaring at council’s landfills.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability
Eurobodalla Shire Council recently adopted a new Emissions Reduction Plan that will guide efforts to tackle emissions within Council’s operations and in the community. It includes two new targets:
- Reduce Council’s energy emissions from the 2005/06 baseline by 80 per cent by 2030
- Source 100 per cent of Council’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030.
To achieve these targets, Council’s actions will include upgrading all remaining street lights to LEDs, investigating opportunities to use methane from landfill gas extraction and to operate a biogas energy plant at Surf Beach sewage treatment works. Facilitating electric car charging infrastructure and developing a Council Climate Adaptation Strategy will take place, and Council will also examine opportunities to use battery storage and investigate a large scale solar farm. The ability to implement the targets will be impacted by NSW and Australian government initiatives and policies.
Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership
Eurobodalla Shire Council joined the Cities Power Partnership to share with other councils the award-winning work it has done in reducing emissions. Council also hopes to learn about new strategies and actions that have been successfully implemented in other local government areas. Ultimately the Partnership should help us continue reducing our emissions and help other councils and communities to do the same.