Wellington Shire Council
Is a Power Partner
In Gippsland we are blessed with some amazing and diverse landscapes of natural beauty and high environmental value from the Victorian Alps, Gippsland Lakes, 90 Mile Beach and the Strzelecki ranges as well as being home to a dynamic agricultural industry.
We recognise the importance of local government providing leadership in driving climate change mitigation and adaptation to protect our natural resources and the global community. We signed up to the Cities Power Partnership as it provides a strong platform for councils to share knowledge and experience of practice. It is an opportunity to share, learn and collaborate on climate action.
Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings
Provide fast-charging infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles
Implement landfill gas methane flaring or capture for electricity generation
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures
Work Together & Influence
Support local community energy groups with their community energy initiatives
Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost
Wellington Shire Council
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Over the past 10 years Wellington Shire Council has been striving to improve its leadership and commitment to energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and sustainability. Council has installed 160kw of solar PV across council buildings and replaced over 2200 (or 70% ) of Mercury Vapour streetlights with LED to drive energy reduction. The Street-light Changeover project has driven a 54% reduction in greenhouse emissions from streetlights between 2011 and 2018.
A complete set of carbon accounts was developed in 2018, with Council’s new Sustainability Strategy 2020-24 setting an emission reduction target for the first time. Council also participated in the Gippy Bulk Buy program, partnering with the Yarra Energy Foundation to drive community uptake of solar PV across Gippsland. The program resulted in 100kw of rooftop solar installed across the Shire on residents’ homes and businesses.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability.
Wellington Shire Council looks forward to implementing its new Sustainability Strategy which outlines over 61 actions across five core themes: Climate Resilience, Low Carbon Economy, Protecting Nature, Towards a Circular Economy and Environmental Stewardship.
Key actions to reduce emissions include the installation of over 400kw solar PV, working towards a green fleet, installing electric vehicle infrastructure, installing landfill gas flares for the conversion of landfill methane and procurement of renewable power through power purchase agreements.
Wellington Shire looks forward to meeting its first short term emissions reduction target of 23% from the 17/18 baseline by 2024, placing Council on a trajectory to achieving an adopted net zero emissions by 2040.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
Wellington Shire Council hopes to seize the opportunity to work with a broader network of leading councils to achieve common goals and visions. Council aims to collaborate across this network, share ideas and benefit from access to the partnership’s valuable knowledge capital.