Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy - Measuring emissions

Council’s emissions profile for the 2015 financial year is shown in Figure 4. Total emissions reported for the year were 23,135 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2-e). 

Under a business as usual scenario, this is projected to increase to 24,509 tCO2-e by 2035, representing an increase of approximately 6%.

Council’s emissions profile is based on reporting requirements of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) framework.

Under this framework, Council’s main sources of emissions are:

  • electricity and gas consumed in Council-owned and operated buildings: 19,090 tCO2-e
  • fuel consumption by vehicles within Council’s fleet: 4,045 tCO2-e.

Note: waste and leased street lighting greenhouse emissions are considered community emissions and are captured in the community emissions profile.

Figure 6: City of Greater Geelong Council emissions profile in 2015 and projected to 2035

Figure 6: City of Greater Geelong Council emissions profile in 2015 and projected to 2035

Community emissions profile

Community emissions come from different sources that include non-residential buildings, residential buildings, transport, industrial and agricultural activities, and landfill waste.

The emissions profile was developed using data from various sources including the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data, the Victorian Integrated Transport Model, electricity and gas data from utilities providers, the Australian National Greenhouse Accounts and Sustainability Victoria.

The emissions projections for 2035 were based on forecasted changes in population and employment, which are both projected to increase over the next 20 years.

Under a business as usual scenario, emissions are projected to increase by 31% between 2015 and 2035 to 5,800 kilo-tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (ktCO2e). Emissions are projected to increase within each category except for industrial processes and agriculture.

Figure 7: Greater Geelong community emissions profile in 2015 and projected to 2035

Figure 7: Greater Geelong community emissions profile in 2015 and projected to 2035

Table 2: Summary of community emissions (2015 and 2035)

Emissions source 2015 emissions (ktCO2e) 2035 emissions (ktCO2e)
Non-Residential Buildings
2,306
50.5%
2,851
49.5%
Residential Buildings
678
14.8%
944
16.4%
Residential Transport
674
14.7%
918
16%
Freight
439
9.6%
561
9.7%
Industrial Processes
285
6.2%
272
4.7%
Commercial/Industrial Waste
59
1.2%
76
1.3%
Municipal Waste
52
1.1%
73
1.3%
Agriculture
67
1.4%
56
1%
Street Lighting
14
0.3%
19
0.3%
less Offsets (community purchased GreenPower)
-15
-0.3%
-15
-0.2%
 
4,559
 
5,755
 




Page last updated: Wednesday, 26 May 2021

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