What is Council doing
Council has completed a number of actions to save energy and water and reduce Council greenhouse gas emissions.
The impact of all the energy and water efficiency measures save Council over $1m per year in energy and water costs. So far, we have:
- replaced over 2,500 street lights with energy efficient LED lights, which has reduced street lighting energy consumption and maintenance costs
- reduced Council's energy emissions by 16% compared to the 2005/06 baseline through a number of programs
- introduced a green garden waste bin for domestic waste services in 2013 to reduce the amount of garden waste going to landfill and generating methane emissions
- started harvesting methane from our landfill sites. The global warming potential of methane is 25 times greater than CO2. This will reduce our greenhouse gas emission at these sites by over 25%
- retrofitted simple energy and water efficiency measures in over 50 community buildings across Eurobodalla Shire from 2013-2015, as part of the Community Building Sustainability Project
- implemented energy management programs at water and sewer sites, which saves hundreds of thousands of dollars a year
- given Eurobodalla Shire's three pools, an energy efficient upgrade including pool blankets, efficient lighting, shower timers and solar heating
- run our water leak detection programs and upgrading fittings at our pools, community buildings and public toilets, which save over 45,000,000 litres a year
- completed more bike and footpaths every year to allow people to ride their bikes or walk, which is a more sustainable and healthy method of transport than driving.
Solar power roll-out
We have installed 2,600 solar panels at 26 Council facilities. The solar panels can produce over 600kW of power when the sun shines. Using solar power saves over 950 tonnes of carbon dioxide and over $180,000 a year in energy costs.
Community Building Sustainability Project
We have analysed the energy use at over 50 community buildings and retrofitted some water and energy efficient tools to help reduce energy use.
See what we achieved at:
Eurobodalla Emissions Reduction Plan
The Eurobodalla Emissions Reduction Plan sets out Council's response to climate change.
It aims to reduce the total Council energy emissions by 80% from the 2005/06 baseline by 2030 and source 100% of Council’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030.
The plan details the actions that we will take to achieve the emissions reduction target, and how we will support the community to respond to climate change.
You can read all about the Eurobodalla Emissions Reduction Plan: