Carbon neutrality and energy planning
Long term pathways to carbon neutrality
Work has started to identify Council’s current carbon emissions profile and our future emissions trajectory. To ensure best practice we are using the National Carbon Offset Standard to guide us in this review.
This work will identify the best opportunities for carbon reductions and will go a long way to help us reach our target of carbon neutrality by 2028.
With your help we have reviewed our Environment Grants Program. The review identified new programs that may engage a broader demographic and result in even greater outcomes for the community.
The new programs will be available from 1 July and includes:
- Green Training Fund - to assist environmental volunteers gain the necessary skills and knowledge they need to achieve change.
- Business Energy Audits - to help businesses identify potential energy saving initiatives to improve their energy performance.
- Youth Climate Action - to support primary and secondary school aged students lead climate action in their school or community.
- Community Workshop Funding - for community organisations delivering sustainability focused workshops.
Following a four week community consultation period, feedback on our four year strategic plans for the key areas of: Stewardship, Water and Biodiversity have now closed.
We are reviewing the Plans and they will be available in the coming months.
The Stewardship Plan has now been endorsed by Council and is available to view here
We are committed to providing the community with support to combat climate change.
Our next workshop is focused on how to secure funding for your environmental community group.
On 10 December 2018, Council passed a resolution (CO2018/267), outlining 13 key focus areas for Council on climate change.
- Recognised the need for urgent action and leadership to combat climate change.
- Established a carbon neutrality target by 2028, without the purchase of offsets.
- Endorsed a $5M Climate Action Package.
- Requested the identification of long term carbon abatement options.
- Established new annual reporting requirements.
- Requested further investigation into how Council could support the community in working towards carbon neutrality.
Read the full resolution here.
The $5M Climate Action Package (and supporting resources) have been included in the Proposed Council Budget.
It proposes funding for:
- Additional solar across Council buildings and facilities.
- Energy efficiency enhancements across Council owned buildings, such as double glazing or insulation.
- Increased fleet efficiency including electric vehicles and bikes.
- The creation of 10 ‘green collar’ internships for the next three years in partnership with other agencies.
- A businesses case(s) on long-term abatement initiatives for instance a solar farm, wind farm, energy retailing and power purchase agreements (PPAs).
- An increase to the environment grant funds allocation over the next two years.
- A climate mitigation strategy using the C40 framework, an international climate action planning framework for cities.
To meet our carbon neutrality target by 2028 we are preparing an emissions reduction plan and reviewing our current Energy Savings Plan. Analysis is underway and the plan will be available to review in mid-2019.
In the new financial year we will be examining municipal wide emissions and how we can work in partnership with the community to achieve reductions across Banyule. Updates on this project will be provided on this page, on Shaping Banyule and in the Greenwrap eNewsletter.
Environment and sustainability indicators
Keep an eye on the following indicators to monitor our progress in combating climate change.
Looking for more? Check our State of the Environment report for details on our environmental actions in 2017/18.
Securing funding for your environmental community group
Wednesday 15 May 2019
6pm - 8.30pm
Banyule City Council, Community Meeting Rooms,
Level 4, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough
This workshop will help you:
- Formulate your group's value proposition and why it’s a good starting point for your application.
- Understand funding goals and why your project should align with these.
- Define your project and the benefit it will have for the community.
- Identify and work with community partners.
- Understand grant eligibility criteria.
- Develop your project plan and the resources required to make it successful.
- Develop a budget.
- Adhere to grant conditions and acquittal responsibilities.
Positive Charge presents Sustainable Renovations
Thursday 23 May 2019
6.30pm - 8pm
Macleod Community Hall
7 Birdswood Avenue, Macleod
This workshop will give you simple tips to make your new project as energy efficient as possible.
Positive Charge presents Energy Saving Information night
Thursday 13 June 2019
6.30pm - 8pm
Hawdon Street Community Hall
78 Hawdon Street, Heidelberg
This information session will help:
- Read your energy bills.
- Find the best tarrif:
- Learn the simple things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
- Learn how solar can help you save money on your energy bills.