Climate Action

To achieve effective climate change action, everyone needs to play a part. We are committed to working with the community and other levels of government to reduce our contribution to climate change.

We are currently drafting two plans to help us reach our goals:

  • The Banyule Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan - to reach our goal of carbon neutral operations by 2028, this plan concentrates on emission sources within our control.
  • The Community Emissions Reduction Plan - this plan supports the community through incentives, advocacy and education to work towards a carbon neutral municipality.

To achieve this we are committed to investigating and implementing best practice initiatives, to reach carbon neutrality; and to proactively work with the community to overcome barriers to climate change action.

We need to understand more about you and your experiences with climate change and to understand how you want to play a part in our remissions reduction journey.

Background

In December 2018, we recognised the urgent need to tackle climate change. This resulted in a $5 million climate action package.

The Climate Action Package includes;

  • Additional solar power across Council owned buildings and facilities
  • Energy efficienct enhancements across Council owned buildings
  • Additional electric vehicles for Council’s fleet
  • 10 ‘Green Collar’ internships
  • Development of business cases for long term abatement initiatives (I.e. solar farms, wind farm, street light replacement)
  • Extra funds for Environment grants to support community projects
  • Development of Banyule Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan and Community Emissions Reduction Plan using the C40 framework for cities.

Feedback

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments will help us develop our Community Emissions Reduction Plan. Feedback has now closed.

What is your relationship to Banyule?
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Climate change relates to the problem of too many greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, this build-up of greenhouse gases traps heat below the atmosphere, warming temperatures across earth. Human activity since the industrial revolution has significantly increased the amount of these gases being released.

We are already starting to feel the effects of climate change through an increase in weather extremes, and in the number, duration and severity of heatwaves.

We have developed a list of goals and critical actions to work towards a carbon neutral municipality. These have been developed for existing and new residential and commercial properties and transportation. The actions are presented below:

Lighting

Goal

100 per cent usage of LED and automatic light controls. On average LEDs consume 80 per cent less energy than other lighting.

Critical Action

Households to replace all incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) globes with highly efficient LED alternatives.
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How likely would you be to replace your lighting with efficient LED alternatives in your home?
Business and industry to replace all lighting with highly efficient LED alternatives.
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How likely would you be to replace lighting with efficient LED alternatives in your business?
Couple LED replacements with movement sensor or light switches (in business/commercial buildings) so lights can be switched off when rooms are not in use.
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How likely would you be to couple LED replacements with movement sensors or light switches?

Appliances

Goal

100 per cent usage of energy star rated and high efficiency appliances.

Critical Action

When upgrading appliances (fridges, washing machines, cooking appliances, TVs) choose high star (8-10) Energy Star rated alternatives.
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How likely would you be to upgrade appliances to high star (8-10) energy star rated alternatives?

Home Heating and Cooling

Goal

100% usage of high efficiency reverse cycle systems.

Critical Action

When upgrading air-conditioning systems choose high efficiency electric reverse-cycle systems to warm and cool indoor spaces.
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How likely would you be to upgrade your air-conditioning systems to high efficiency electric reverse-cycle to warm and cool indoor spaces?

Water Heating

Goal

100 per cent usage of electric heat pumps.

Critical Action

When upgrading water heaters choose electric heat pumps.
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How likely would you be to upgrade your water heaters to electric heat pumps?

Your Home

Goal

100% usage of fully insulated walls and roof and triple glazed window.

Critical Action

Install roof and wall insulation in households.
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How likely would you be to install roof and wall insulation in home?
Replace all windows with triple glazed alternatives.
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How likely would you be to replace all your windows with tripled glazed alternatives?

Green Power

Goal

100% usage of renewable sources for electricity.

Critical Action

Install solar systems on homes and businesses.
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How likely would you be to install solar systems on your home or business?
Resident and businesses to commit to ensuring their energy retailer can provide them with Green Power (50-100%).

Green Power is a term used to describe a consumer’s ability to ensure the power they buy is accredited as ‘green’ and will not fund any fossil fuel projects which exacerbate climate change.

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How likely would you be to commit your home or business to an energy retailer that provides Green Power (50-100%)?

Transportation

Goal

Reduce petrol vehicle fuel usage and increase electric vehicle usage by 90%.

Critical Action

Residents and businesses to replace petrol/diesel/gas vehicles with more efficient hybrid or electric alternatives.
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How likely would you be to replace petrol/diesel and gas vehicles with more efficient alternatives in your home or business?

Goal

A shift away from private automobile usage and a 30 per cent increase uptake of public and active transport modes.

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Residents and businesses to commit to using other modes of transportation (public/active) rather than private automobiles, for short trips in the municipality.
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How likely would you be to use other modes of transport, rather than your car for short trips?

Community Emissions Reduction Plan

Community Emissions Reduction Plan
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I understand why Council is developing a Community Emissions Reduction Plan.
I understand how my feedback will be used to inform decisions.
How do you keep up to date with information about climate change?

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.