Brimbank,
13
September
2016
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06:14
Australia/Melbourne

Council Switched on to Energy Savings

Summary

The largest energy and greenhouse reduction project ever undertaken in Brimbank is now complete – with more than 11,600 new energy efficient lights now in place across the municipality.

The largest energy and greenhouse reduction project ever undertaken in Brimbank is now complete – with more than 11,600 new energy efficient lights now in place across the municipality.

The lights were installed as part of the three-year, $7 million Powering Down project, completed earlier this year. The energy efficient lights are expected to cut energy use by more than3.5 million kWh and reduce CO2 emissions by 3,800 tonnes each year.

Powering Down was funded through a partnership between Brimbank City Council and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators Mr John Watson said Council was pleased to have been able to partner with the Australian Government to deliver environmental benefits and savings to the Brimbank community.

“This project is the single largest energy and greenhouse gas reduction undertaking in the history of Brimbank City Council,” Mr Watson said.

“Together with Council’s contribution, this funding has enabled Council to achieve significant energy efficiency outcomes, contributing to our Greenhouse Reduction Strategy target of a 50 per cent reduction on 2011 levels by 2022/2023.

“In 2015/2016 Council’s greenhouse gas emissions were 20 per cent less than in 2011 – putting us well on the way to achieving our ambitious Greenhouse Reduction Strategy target.

“Powering Down will also deliver cost savings from reduced energy consumption that will benefit our community for many years to come – with expected savings of $10 million over the 20-year lifespan of the lights.”

The Powering Down project included installation of a $485,000 cogeneration unit at the Sunshine Leisure Centre – Council’s highest energy-using facility – launched in March this year. Cogeneration uses natural gas to generate 50 per cent of the centre’s electricity on site, and

re-uses heat that would otherwise be lost to heat the centre’s pools.

As well as the cogeneration unit and upgrading of street lights, Powering Down also included improvements to Council buildings.

Together, these improvements will cut 4,296 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year – the equivalent of taking 906 cars off the road, or cutting car travel by 16,569,858 kms.

Council obtained $3.5 million in funding from the Australian Government, with the remainder funded by Council.