Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy - Council and community actions

This Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy seeks to consolidate Council’s emission reduction actions to date and prioritise ongoing efforts to the most cost-effective reduction opportunities.

A particular focus will be placed on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

This is in line with the emissions reduction hierarchy:

Figure 8: Emissions Reduction Hierarchy

Figure 8: Emissions Reduction Hierarchy

Table 5: Greenhouse Emissions Reduction – Action Mix

Action Area Council / Community   One Planet Living Principle(s) Description
Energy Efficiency Council One Planet Living principles image - Zero carbon Zero Carbon Upgrade lighting systems and heating and cooling (HVAC) systems at key Council sites as recommended in a 2015 study undertaken on the top ten energy consuming facilities owned and operated by Council.
Renewable Energy Council One Planet Living principles image - Zero carbon Zero Carbon

Install 530kW of roof-top solar pv systems as recommended in a 2015 study undertaken on the top ten energy consuming facilities owned and operated by Council.

In 2013 Council developed a Pre-Feasibility Study on large scale solar located at the disused Corio Landfill. The study demonstrated that a 3MW solar installation is possible at the site at an approximate cost of $8M. The City will continue to investigate funding opportunities for large scale solar.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Council One Planet Living principles image - Zero carbon Zero Carbon

Investigate reinvesting financial savings into energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to further reduce operational costs and provide some financial stability for programs to meet Council’s emissions reduction target.

Fleet Council One Planet Living principles image - Culture and community Sustainable Transport

Continue to introduce more fuel efficient vehicles to Council’s vehicle fleet. A reviewed fleet policy will be developed in 2016/17 to support this.

Waste Council and Community One Planet Living principles image - Land use and wildlife Zero Waste

Develop an updated Waste Strategy that will aim to divert and reduce waste going to landfill, and landfill emissions.

Street Lighting Council and Community One Planet Living principles image - Zero carbon Zero Carbon

Council owned and managed public lighting will be upgraded with energy efficient LED alternatives.

Council will partner with Powercor and neighbouring municipalities to improve economies of scale to upgrade leased residential street lighting to LED alternatives.

Carbon offsets Council and Community One Planet Living principles image - Zero carbon Zero Carbon

A carbon offset is generated from an activity that prevents, reduces or removes greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere to compensate for emissions occurring elsewhere.

Priority will be placed on purchasing value for money offsets generated from Geelong regional projects if available.

The purchase of carbon offsets will be pursued after emissions have been reduced and energy sources switched to renewable sources where possible.

Community Community One Planet Living principles image - Zero carbon Zero Carbon

Work with the community to facilitate broad community emissions reductions. Council will support the community by:

  • Continuing the implementation of the Low Carbon Growth Plan for Greater Geelong with a focus on assisting small-medium businesses and the residential sector. Key actions to be delivered will include the delivery of Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUA’s) for commercial property owners and establishing electric vehicle charging stations in Geelong

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop a community zero carbon action plan

  • Developing capacity building initiatives that strengthen community engagement, advocacy and communications

  • Encouraging and assisting community groups and other local organisations to adopt the One Planet Living framework to develop a common sustainability language

  • Assisting the Geelong community to implement carbon reduction initiatives via a Environmental Sustainability Grants Program

  • Engaging with the community on the benefits of living and operating in a low carbon environment

  • Facilitating the provision of information and discussions between individuals, community groups and organisations around greenhouse action and One Planet Living principles to maximise efforts

  • Enabling sustainable infrastructure development through planning controls, policy creation and incentives

  • Advocating on behalf of the community for supporting regulation, incentives and increased action by other levels of government

One Planet Living principles image - Land use and wildlife Zero Waste
One Planet Living principles image - Culture and community Sustainable Transport
One Planet Living principles image - Equality and local economy Equity and Local Economy


Action Plan

A Council Action Plan has been developed to reach the 50% emissions reduction target by 2020. Refer to Appendix 1-3 for the detailed action plan.

Council will build on the opportunities identified in the Low Carbon Growth Plan and will collaborate with key stakeholders to develop a Community Zero Carbon Action Plan.

This collaboration will identify and establish roles and responsibilities to deliver community emissions reduction.

The Action Plan will use the One Planet Living framework and section 7.1 Action Mix Table on pages 22 to 23 of this document as a basis for partnership projects.





Page last updated: Friday, 24 May 2019

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