Council emissions profile
In 2016, Council adopted a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 25% by 2020-21, from the baseline year of 2014-15. The target was exceeded at 30 June 2021, when Council had reduced emissions from its operations by 29.7% (from 7,640 tonnes CO2-e to an estimated 5,370 tonnes CO2-e, assuming a business-as-usual scenario).
Emissions from Council operations are mostly from stationary energy (buildings and streetlights), gas, and fuels for fleet and plant. A range of works undertaken over the past few years has changed the relative contributions of the emission sources to Council’s total emissions profile. Examples of these works are outlined at Council action on climate change.
A further change to Council’s emissions profile is due to a new contract for electricity supply, based on the procurement of renewable energy. From 1 July 2021, Council will source its electricity requirements through a Power Purchase Agreement, titled the Victorian Energy Collaboration or VECO. Buying electricity in the form of Large Generation Certificates (LGCs) allows Council to claim 100% emissions reduction for its electricity consumption, meaning that from 1 July 2021, Council’s main emission sources will be gas used at buildings and fuel used for fleet and plant.
In 2022, Council will develop a plan for working towards a goal of zero net emissions for its operations by 2030.