Brimbank,
29
October
2015
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22:58
Australia/Melbourne

A Greener Brimbank? Yes We Can!

Summary

Brimbank City Council is tracking well towards its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2022/23, compared with 2011 emission levels.

Brimbank City Council is tracking well towards its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2022/23, compared with 2011 emission levels.

Since setting the target in its Greenhouse Reduction Strategy 2013-2023 in May 2013, Council has reduced emissions by 7% through improvements to

  • street lighting;
  • building upgrades; and
  • greater fuel efficiency in fleet, for example cars, trucks, etc.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators, Mr John Watson said: “Council is committed to creating a more sustainable Brimbank through a range of programs that not only benefit the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, but also deliver cost savings to the community.”

Council has also implemented measures that will deliver further emissions reductions in the future.


Emission Reductions - Street Lights and Vehicle Fleet
Council’s energy efficiency street light upgrade program has cut street lights emissions by 13 per cent!

The program has replaced 8000 lights, with a further 3500 to be replacedby the end of 2016. The full benefit of this program will be realised in 2016/2017.

Council’s fleet emissions dropped by four per cent, due to reduced fuel consumption and improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency.

Overall emissions from Council buildings are stable, with the benefit of Council’s energy efficiency works in buildings to be realised in 2015/2016.

These works include replacement of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting and insulation upgrades in key buildings, including Deer Park Library, as well as installing a cogeneration unit at Sunshine Leisure Centre, which re-uses heat that would otherwise be lost to heat the centre and water.


Energy Audits
Council has also completed energy audits at more than 70 centres, with plans to undertake energy efficiency works targeting high energy using buildings.

The Greenhouse Reduction Strategy 2013-2023 sets interim and long term goals to reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent on 2011 levels (26,310 tonnes), to 12,754 tonnes by 2022/23.