Participating in the Cities Power Partnership network is one of the key ways that we will achieve our goal of zero net emissions by 2025. We are proud to be working with other councils to lead the way and show what can be achieved at the local government level. We also know the importance of working hand-in-hand with our community to identify initiatives to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. These partnerships will create positive change for now and for generations to come.
Council has chosen the following pledges
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.
Working Together and Influence
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.
In 2015, almost 900 street lights were upgraded from the old mercury vapour style lighting to 18 watt LEDs. The new lights are up to 75% more efficient and save 308 tCO2e each year. Prospective developers are now required to install highly efficient ‘category P’ lighting. Council is now pursuing the retrofit of 342 non- LED lights on major roads which, if successful, will deliver an additional 1,780 tCO2-e over the next 20 years.
Council has a strong track record of delivering solar PV on the rooftops of its facilities. With 158kW generation capacity currently installed across 25 Council owned buildings, this supplied 38% of the Council’s 2018 energy consumption. There is a further 15kW planned in for this financial year.
Mount Alexander Shire Council is one of 43 Victorian regional Councils partnering on a feasibility study, Charging the Regions, that will enable Councils to understand the opportunities for a joint investment program for a dense and coordinated network of electric vehicle charging across the state. Council will be reviewing and updating the 2010 – 2020 Cycling and Walking Strategy this financial year. The revised document will be an innovative guide that identifies why, where and how Council will invest in encouraging and increasing the number and proportion of people in the shire who regularly walk and/or ride bicycles for transport and recreation.