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Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap
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Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
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).
Council has traditionally had a part-time Sustainability Officer, this role has recently been increased to full time. The Sustainability Officer’s role is to facilitate emission reduction actions both within Council operations and within the broader community
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.
Council has already commenced installing solar PV on a number of buildings. Council will be working to further increase installed solar PV capacity in the 2018/2019 financial year and beyond.
Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.
Council has an ongoing community grants program which is focussed solely on emission reduction incentives on community operated facilities. Council’s Sustainability Officer works with community groups to identify and implement worthwhile projects
Identify opportunities to turn waste to energy
Council is already working to develop a Waste to Energy program. Significant feasibility and technical work has been completed to date, with the goal of implementing a Waste to Energy plant using anaerobic digestion of municipal waste.
Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Council is already working with community to develop this capacity. Council has held community consultation sessions in the past including the recent Carbon Free Community Conversations. Presently, the Council supported Z-Net program aims to further engage and empower the community. The development of a Z-Net Community Advisory Panel is currently occurring, which will evolve into a more formal “Round Table” as the project proceeds.