Maroondah City Council
The City of Maroondah is a peri-urban residential municipality covering a land area of 61.4 square kilometres in Melbourne’s outer east. Maroondah is home to 118,558 residents, 46,324 households and 9,700 businesses.
Maroondah City Council provides a wide range of services to the community including aged and disability support services, business support, community planning and development, children and youth services, infrastructure maintenance and renewal, leisure and sporting facilities, maternal and child health, parks and reserves, planning and building, drainage, roads and footpaths, and waste and recycling.
“Council hopes to inspire the community to lead more sustainable lifestyles.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
Council’s carbon neutral ambition is driven from a number of key strategic documents including the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision to be a Clean, Green and Sustainable Community, and the Maroondah Sustainability Strategy 2016 to 2020. This includes key directions to strive to become a carbon neutral Council by implementing energy efficient initiatives and embracing clean energy solutions, mitigate and adapt to the effects and impacts of climate change, and to work in partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Carbon neutral certification provides a basis for continuous improvement and to drive future actions across the organisation.
By demonstrating leadership in this area, Council also hopes to inspire the community to lead more sustainable lifestyles.
What offset projects do you support?
Wind power projects in India and China.
Why did you choose this project?
Council’s carbon offset strategy involves a mix of international and Australian offset credits. The international units support renewable energy projects. In addition, a portion of these support co-benefits through the creation and allocation of Mt Rothwell Natural Capital units. The Natural Capital Units are stapled with an international verified carbon credit to ensure it meets all requirements under the Climate Active program. One Natural Capital Unit represents the permanent protection of one square metre of very high conservation significance native habitat in Victoria.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
Council’s Carbon Neutral Strategy and Action Plan 2014/15 - 2020/21 seeks to achieve a planned, systematic and supported approach to carbon management by fostering collaboration and ownership of its principles and by guiding action across Council service areas. In addition to Council’s goal to be carbon neutral, Council also strives towards the following emissions reduction targets:
- 20% emissions reduction below 2010/11 levels by 2020/21 (excluding Aquanation)
- 20% emissions reduction below 2010/11 levels by 2025/26 (all emissions)
Future emissions reduction projects include energy efficient lighting technology, solar PV system installations on council and community buildings, procurement of renewable energy, upgrades to assets and infrastructure using principles of Council’s Environmentally Sustainable Design Policy, and encouraging staff to use low carbon transport modes.
What has been the impact of your action?
Projects delivered during the implementation of the Carbon Neutral Strategy and Action Plan have reduced Council’s operational greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4,000 T CO2-e. Some of the highlights have included:
- replacing more than 6,000 mercury vapour and high-pressure sodium street lights with energy efficient LEDs
- installing more than 1 MWh of solar PV onto Council facilities
- delivery of the EcoDriver Program for fleet vehicle owners
- committing to achieve 5-Star Green Star certification for the Realm civic office building
- under an Energy Performance Contract, delivered building energy efficiency upgrades to Aquahub, Aquanation, Federation Estate, Realm and The Rings.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
Climate Active certification provides a mechanism for organisations to drive emissions reduction measures in a robust and transparent way.