Moonee Valley City Council has reached a significant sustainability milestone, becoming certified carbon neutral.
It means all our operations in 2019-20 – everything from powering our facilities to lighting our streets – had a zero-carbon footprint.
The certification follows through on a target Council set in 2010 for our operations to be carbon neutral by 2020 and makes us only the 11th local government in Australia to be certified, joining Councils such as Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Randwick, Yarra and Moreland.
We’ve been monitoring and managing our greenhouse gas emissions since 2007, which has resulted in operational efficiencies and reduced costs, which ultimately benefit our ratepayers.
Since 2010, we’ve reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 44 per cent through the installation of 2,777 solar panels on 31 Council buildings, replacing 6,000 street lights with more energy efficient ones, as well as a range of other initiatives in our buildings and operations.
The Federal Government certification under the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard is the only credible and transparent way to claim carbon neutrality in Australia and provides a trusted benchmark.
Meanwhile, we’re participating in a tender for 100 per cent renewable electricity for our operations from 1 July 2021 as part of the Local Government Power Partnership Agreement project (in collaboration with 46 other Victorian councils), which will further reduce our emissions by nearly 75 per cent.
Through the delivery of our MV2040 Action Plan – Green, we are committed to continuing to reduce our emissions and drive positive change with and for our community. Click here to read more about what we’re doing and to learn how you can get involved.