Hepburn Shire Council

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Our pledge

Hepburn Shire Council is committed to achieving zero net emissions and is actively working to achieve this as outlined in Council's Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap. Actions to reduce our energy loads through implementing renewable generation and energy efficiency have already achieved significant reductions, with more works planned into the future.

Council is also looking to energy efficient vehicles and taking steps to transition towards electricifying our vehicle fleet. Procurement of renewable energy through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) is also being negotiated to address residual energy usage and emissions.

Beyond Council operations, strong support is provided to the Z-NET project - Hepburn Shire's Zero Net Emissions Transition. This project is a holistic approach to addressing emissions within the Hepburn Shire. It includes a place based carbon emissions inventory (baseline), which has used extensive modelling to quantify emissions due to stationary energy, transport, agriculture, industry and waste. This inventory, together with industry consultation by the Z-NET team and significant community input over several years, has been used to develop the Z-NET Community Transition Plan - a holistic roadmap outlining the task ahead for Hepburn Shire to reach zero net emissions by 2030. Council, together with many others in the Shire, are committed to helping the community realise this goal.

Our commitments

Our TAKE2 actions


    Our stories

    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.