Partnership action pledges
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Purchase 100% of Council’s operational electricity demand from new renewables by 2019
Provide incentives and/or remove barriers to encourage local businesses to take up solar power and battery storage.
Offer and support Environmental Upgrade Agreements as a financing mechanism for Moreland businesses.
Support local community renewable energy projects, and encourage investment in community energy.
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
Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets.
Develop a strategic framework for achieving a zero carbon emissions Moreland by 2040
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 will purchase 110 GWh worth of energy from the Crowlands Wind Farm being constructed near Ararat. This project will deliver deep cuts to Council’s corporate carbon footprint and could transform how councils across Australia procure energy. Further activating our residents and businesses to play their part in the shift to zero carbon is a critical 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.