Future Proofing Geelong is responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Low Carbon Growth Plan for Geelong, originally published in 2011. It identifies key opportunities to transition Geelong’s economy towards a low carbon future while achieving positive economic and social benefits.
The Low Carbon Growth Plan 2015 update was prepared in response to changes in the local economy and sets the future direction of the program.
The Future Proofing Geelong vision is that by 2030, Geelong is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most sustainable cities. Faced with challenges like climate change, economic adjustment and growth, the region has pursued a collaborative and innovative approach to Geelong becoming more resilient and adaptive.
The program focuses on enabling projects to assist Geelong in becoming more sustainable, more liveable and more productive.
The partners (signatories) to the Future Proofing Geelong Memorandum of Understanding include:
- The City of Greater Geelong
- Geelong Manufacturing Council
- Deakin University
- Geelong Chamber of Commerce
- Barwon Water
- Committee for Geelong
- Barwon Health
- Geelong and Region Trades and Labour Council
- The Gordon
- Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group
This Impact Statement for Future Proofing Geelong illustrates the positive impacts of the program from
- Engagement with commercial building owners/tenants has resulted in 11 completed projects which have invested $679,000 and a further $3 million in projects underdevelopment.
- Emissions savings are continuing to be identified and delivered with 433t CO2 savings reported from completed projects to date.
- Partnering and supporting community projects has led to 304 activities being hosted, with participation rates estimated at approximately 54,000.
- Thirteen projects have been supported in business and industry, creating or maintaining over 200 jobs, developing the skills of 600 people, expanding 14 businesses and increasing turnover to the value of $1.2 million.