Moonee Valley City Council
Moonee Valley City Council is an inner metropolitan local government of Melbourne, Victoria, located immediately northwest of central Melbourne.
In 2018, Moonee Valley’s population was estimated to be 126,700, with 50,450 households. Over 10,000 local businesses also operate in the area. It is a culturally and linguistically diverse community, with more than a quarter of the population born overseas.
Council provides leadership and makes decisions on matters of local importance to the Moonee Valley community. Council delivers a wide range of community services and infrastructure including the provision and maintenance of local roads, drainage, public lighting, parks and reserves, libraries, arts centres, kindergarten and childcare services, aged care, meals-on-wheels, sporting facilities, waste collection and town planning.
“Follow our lead, reduce your greenhouse emissions through efficiencies and use of renewable energy.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
In 2010, Moonee Valley City Council endorsed a plan for its operations to be carbon neutral by 2020 stating at the time that; Moonee Valley residents have expressed their concern about climate change. During recent consultation for the Municipality’s community plan ‘Moonee Valley 2020 - Living together, Living well’, climate change was identified as one of the most important priorities for Moonee Valley to deal with.
The impacts of climate change have wide reaching implications. Moonee Valley City Council is committed to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and to influence community, regional, state and national action joining worldwide efforts to prevent global climate change. Council’s operations being carbon neutral demonstrates leadership to the community on climate action and is way to take responsibility for the greenhouse gas emissions Council creates.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
The anticipated benefits of carbon neutral certification include:
- demonstrating community leadership to take actions on climate change
- stimulation of renewable energy and energy efficiency industries through measures to reduce emissions and through purchase of offsets for unavoidable emissions
- reduction in climate change impacts
- motivation/pressure on government supply chains to follow our lead
- reduced energy bills and improved financial sustainability
- improved staff and community awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology
- improved community engagement, and
- better staff retention and engagement.
What offset projects do you support?
A biodiversity project in Australia and a wind power project in India.
Why did you choose these projects?
The wind power project creates renewable energy, reduces pollution and provides economic benefits to the surrounding community through the project's operation and maintenance work.
The Australian native reforestation project removes carbon from the atmosphere and recreates a healthy and functioning landscape, restored after decades of habitat loss and soil degradation. The project delivers measurable environmental, social, economic and heritage benefits to the community, including local Indigenous inclusion and employment and support of over 80 local businesses.
How can the community support you?
Follow our lead, reduce your greenhouse emissions through efficiencies and use of renewable energy and thereby improve the mid to long term financial and environmental sustainability and resilience of your household/business/community. Consumers should look to buy carbon neutral products and businesses should become carbon neutral and/or have their products carbon neutral certified and, in so doing, join a leading group of future-oriented organisations. Offer your carbon neutral goods and services to Council and leading businesses to purchase.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
- planning to purchase 100 per cent renewable electricity for all of its operations from 1 July 2021 (will reduce nearly 75% of Council’s emissions)
- applying ESD principles to new Council buildings
- maintaining existing substantial rooftop solar infrastructure and installing more solar PV
- supporting and advocating for replacement of older public lights with LED equivalents
- transitioning to more electric vehicles in Council’s fleet
- looking to achieve better durability from our assets to reduce replacement costs and impacts, and
- looking at smarter ways to deliver our services that have fewer impacts (e.g. e-commuting).
What has been the impact of your action?
Energy efficiency upgrades in buildings and rooftop solar power installs on Council-operated buildings, upgrades to 6,000 distributor street lights and grid emissions factor improvements have reduced Council’s greenhouse emissions by approximately 6,900 tonnes per year.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
Start the journey to measure and then manage your emissions and be patient as you continue. Working on becoming carbon neutral means taking a step back and working on your business, not in your business. It may include becoming more conscious of your energy use, waste, improving resource efficiency, better engagement with your supply chain and continuous improvement. The most immediate direct benefits include positive engagement with your staff, your suppliers and your customers.