Reducing Council building greenhouse emissions

Reducing Council building greenhouse emissions

In November 2007, Council committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations to zero net by 2020. In 2013 Council adopted its Corporate Greenhouse Strategy(PDF, 5MB) that identifies a pathway to achieve zero net emissions. In June 2016, Council adopted its Target 2265 – A Four Year Emissions Reduction Plan which identified a new approach to how Council would meet its zero net emissions target.

What is Council doing?

In 2017-18 Council plans to:

  • install over 50kW of solar panels at Newport Hub
  • install new energy efficient lighting at Altona Library and Altona Meadows Library

What has Council done?

In June 2017, Council completed works that should reduce our emissions by over 13 per cent. Works completed include the following:

Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre

  • a 55kW solar power system. This is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 87 tonnes and reduce costs by over $4,400 per year

Altona North Community Library

  • a 50kW solar power system. This is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 79 tonnes and reduce costs by over $4,000 per year

Laverton Community Hub

  • an 86kW solar power system. This is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 136 tonnes and reduce costs by over $16,000 per year

Williamstown Library

  • a 52kW solar power system. This is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 82 tonnes and reduce costs by approximately $4,200 per year

Civic Centre

  • daylight harvesting devices with LED lights in staff amenities. These utilise natural daylight (when sufficient) or LED lights coupled with sensors to minimise energy use
  • signage to encourage good behavioural practices amongst staff
  • a solar hot water system for staff showers
  • rainwater tanks that supply the staff amenities

Altona Library

  • a 63.22kW solar power system. This is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 102 tonnes and reduce costs by $5,250 per annum
  • a natural ventilation system at Altona Library. It is anticipated that this system will reduce Council's greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 19 tonnes
  • LED lighting to the stack area at Altona Library. It is anticipated that this will reduce Council's greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 21 tonnes
  • a new heating and cooling system that will reduce Council's greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 21 tonnes
  • daylight harvesting devices with LED lights in staff workroom. These utilise natural daylight (when sufficient) or LED lights coupled with sensors to minimise energy use
  • a Building Management System
  • motion sensors to operate public toilet lighting and exhaust fans
  • a 2.6kW solar electricity system (photovoltaics)
  • rainwater tanks that supply the public amenities.
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