Council is actively working to reduce energy consumption and associated emissions. The majority of streetlights have been changed to LEDs, with only Major Road (State/Local Government shared) lighting left to upgrade. Council is working with other regional councils to plan the replacement of these remaining lights in the 2019/2020 financial year.
The majority of Council buildings have been retrofitted with solar PV, energy efficient lighting and appliances. Council continues to reduce consumption at sites through the use of timers, additional solar PV, replacement of pumps, insulation and removal of obsolete/inefficient electrical equipment.
Council is looking to reduce emissions from waste, through promoting composting and waste reduction, together with innovative solutions such as anaerobic digestion of organic waste. Addressing other waste streams such as e-waste and plastics are to be addressed though a combination of Council led and community led programs.
Council is supporting broad projects such as Z-NET, together with targeted programs such as the Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy and Solar Savers, Towards Zero Community Grants and Repair Cafes. Council is also working with other groups in the community to try and increase involvement in sustainability. Pipeline projects include energy efficiency audits and energy usage education, behaviour change programs and stronger support for community to access grants, among various others.