City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne is a local government authority with the city home to more than 160,000 residents encompassing the city centre and 14 inner-city suburbs. Covering 37.6 square kilometers, the municipality hosts over two and a half million international guests each year with around 949,000 people visiting every day for work or leisure. As a city that cares for its environment, sustainability underpins all current and future council goals.

“As a city that cares for its environment, sustainability underpins all current and future council goals.”

Type of certification.

The City of Melbourne is a certified carbon neutral organisation and has also achieved certified carbon neutral certification for a number of events such as Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne Fashion Week and Melbourne Knowledge Week.

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

The City of Melbourne was first certified for the year 2011-12 and has maintained carbon neutrality every year since. Our large events portfolio was first certified in 2018.

Why are you carbon neutral?

The City of Melbourne has made a firm commitment to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities. As part of this commitment, the priority is to reduce the carbon emissions of operations and large events portfolio (including Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne Fashion Week and Melbourne Knowledge Week). Climate Active certification has supported this goal and provided a means of reducing and offsetting emissions and continuous improvement for the organisation.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Certification supports the City of Melbourne’s emission reduction efforts by providing a transparent and accountable measure of emission impacts. It encourages the organisation to identify and implement emissions reduction activities and provides an impetus to improve sustainability and carbon reduction literacy across the organisation as these projects are rolled-out.

What offset projects do you support?

The City of Melbourne invests in a range of offset projects including renewable energy projects in China and India, avoiding deforestation in Peru, the use of energy efficient cook stoves in Mali, habitat regeneration in New South Wales, and savanna burning practices in the North Kimberley region of Australia.

Why did you choose these projects?

The City of Melbourne selects offset projects based on criteria including social responsibility, biodiversity, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment. All projects selected deliver co-benefits which are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The City of Melbourne purchases offsets according to the principles set out in our City of Melbourne Carbon Neutrality Strategy (2012).

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

The City of Melbourne Emissions Reduction Plan (2016) for Council Operations summarises the actions in place to reduce emissions from operations and maintain our carbon neutrality. A wide range of emissions reduction projects are implemented on a rolling basis, including:

  • energy efficient street lighting technology
  • solar installations on council and community buildings
  • procurement of 100 per cent renewable energy through the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project
  • upgrading buildings for passive energy control such as insulation and active energy efficiency such as solar hot water
  • investigating supply chain options for reducing emissions including through large events
  • waste avoidance, recycling, and organic waste collection
  • phase-in of hybrid and electric vehicles into our fleet.

What has been the impact of your action?

The City of Melbourne has reduced emissions from its operations by 31 per cent since its 2011-12 base year. This reduction is the result of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades implemented across Council buildings and public lighting network.

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