We are proud of our work to make our operations more sustainable. We are a leader in this area and are always looking to improve the sustainability of our services. We also offer sustainable options and advice for our community.
Declaring a climate emergency
As a Council we declared a climate emergency in Moreland on 12 September 2018. We have committed to urgent action to respond to this emergency.
To avoid permanent climate collapse we have to reduce our global carbon emissions to net zero as soon as possible. We must do this soon, as science tells us we have a closing window in which we can act. NASA modelling shows us we are on track for an increase in temperature of 2.5 to 4.5°C, which you can read more about on their Global Climate Change website.
Moreland has its part to play in reaching this goal and stopping the increase in temperature. The quicker the world can move to net zero carbon, the better chance we have of avoiding global warming. We need to do what we can to keep the temperature increase to less than 1.5°C. If we do this we can limit the damaging impacts on our health, food security and way of life.
In 2012 we were certified as a ‘carbon neutral’ council. We are the second council in Victoria, and the third in Australia, to receive this certification.(Link to Certified as a carbon neutral Council). Our actions to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions are delivering great results. Our 2020 goal was to achieve 30% less emissions than 2011, with a stretch goal of 40%. We have beaten this goal and have reduced our emissions by 69% by 2020.
You can find out more about how climate change is effecting our area on our Climate change in Moreland page.
Taking action on climate change
The Zero Carbon Moreland Framework shows how we aim to reach zero carbon in Moreland by 2040. Zero Carbon Moreland was co-created by us and the Moreland community. The immediate actions we need to take to reach this goal are in our Council Plan 2017-21 (PDF 2Mb).
We need to build this goal into our services, our work and those we influence, and our decision-making. This will help us to reach our 2040 vision, but we cannot do this alone. We need stakeholder and community involvement to succeed.
Every five years we also develop a Climate Emergency Action Plan that outlines our plans to achieve our 2040 vision. The current plan is the Climate Emergency Action Plan (2020 to 2025).
We have created Zero Carbon Moreland to help our community join with us in reaching this goal. This website lets residents know how they can take action on the climate emergency. If we all play our part in reaching this goal, we can move toward zero carbon and achieve a safe climate for Moreland.
To hear our latest environmental news you can subscribe to our Eco eNews. You can also follow our Zero Carbon Moreland Facebook page for information on our recent actions as well as ways our community is addressing the climate emergency. We also have information about what we are doing to respond to climate change on our Responding to the Climate Emergency page.
Our actions on climate change
In 2012 we were certified as a ‘carbon neutral’ council. We are the second council in Victoria, and the third in Australia, to receive this certification. Climate Active certify organisations that measure, reduce and offset their emissions, and publicly report this data.
To get our certification we had to measure our emissions to find out what our carbon footprint was. Then we took steps to reduce emissions where possible. You can find details for how we did this in the 'reducing our emissions' section below. Finally, we had to remove any remaining emissions by buying carbon credits. A carbon credit is a project that reduces emissions. This might be something like reforestation or renewable energy. Having this carbon credit compensates for emissions we make that we can't reduce.
Our actions to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions are delivering great results. Our 2020 goal was to achieve 30% less emissions than 2011, with a stretch goal of 40%. In 2020/21 we have beaten our stretch goal, reducing our emissions by 69%.
Melbourne Renewable Energy Project: On 1 January 2019 we began buying our electricity from the Crowlands Wind Farm in Victoria. This has provided us with 100% renewable energy for Council operations.
Solar on Council Leased Buildings: We will pay the upfront costs to install and maintain solar panels on buildings that we lease to tenants. These tenants can repay the capital costs over 7 to 10 years. They can use the savings from their electricity bills to pay these capital costs.
Electric Vehicle Fleet: We now have 23 pure electric vehicles (EVs) in our light vehicle fleet. This is the largest council EV fleet in Victoria. We also have 16 EV charging stations. This includes five DC fast chargers with 100% renewable electricity from Crowlands Wind Farm.
Improving Council Buildings: Since 2011, we have installed 826 kW of solar on council buildings. This is equivalent to over 165 typical household solar installations. These solar panels have produced over 826kW of renewable energy.
We have also improved energy efficiency through:
- insulation upgrades
- LED lighting retrofits
- double-glazing retrofits
- highly-efficient heating and air-conditioning
We are applying sustainability principles throughout our services, activities and planning. This includes:
The State and Federal Government control key policy levers. We need them to pull these levers, so that we can move toward zero carbon and slow the rising temperatures.
We recognise our role in advocating on behalf of the community. We also know that we need to provide leadership and examples of climate action.
We are part of several climate change networks that advocate and take action on the climate crisis. We are working to increase our partnerships and collaborations in this area. This will help build the social movement needed to urge the State and Federal Government to address the climate emergency.