One Planet Living - Zero carbon

Creating a pathway to zero carbon for the built environment is critical to the future of our planet and human prosperity.

With cities responsible for up to 70% of global carbon pollution it is clear that without rapid decarbonisation of the built environment avoiding dangerous climate change will be impossible.

Energy efficient design is the product of an effective response to environmental factors, early strategic thinking and a considered approach to construction. Achieving a highly energy efficient building doesn’t require a significant additional up-front cost. Often it’s just ensuring basic principles of passive design are integrated early on, and that ongoing energy use is considered when selecting building services and appliances.

Key recent actions
Action Description Impact
Adopted targets – Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy The Strategy sets an emissions reduction pathway for Council’s buildings and vehicle fleet from 2014-15 levels:
  • 50% by 2020
  • 75% by 2035
  • 100% by 2050
Sends a strong signal to encourage community wide emission reduction activity. Sets priority areas to focus Council efforts on high impact emission reduction opportunities:
  • Energy efficiency upgrades: heating and cooling (HVAC) systems and lighting systems.
  • Renewable energy installations: roof-top solar and large scale solar.
  • Carbon offsets: independently certified and locally sourced where possible.
Ocean Grove’s Boorai Centre

An integrated child and family centre providing a range of education, care and support services to children and their families. The facility is fitted with an 80kW solar system, the largest of Council’s solar systems.

During autumn and winter the solar system delivers 80% of the centre’s daytime electricity needs, which increases to 100% during the sunnier summer months. The system is expected to generate more than 106,000 kWh of electricity per year, enough to power 20 average homes.This saves approximately 92.5 tonnes of Carbon dioxide.

Highlight project - Northern and Western Geelong growth areas

Planning for future urban growth within the Northern and Western Geelong Growth areas will have a critical impact on the city’s future sustainability. Recognising this, CoGG engaged HIP V. HYPE Sustainability and Moreland Energy Foundation to undertake a program of research, analysis and stakeholder engagement exploring best practice sustainability opportunities for these growth areas.

This work has adopted a strategic approach to the consideration of sustainable opportunities for the growth areas. Key to this has been the consideration of how delivery mechanisms, including financial, governance and operational models, can be used to achieve a new sustainable community.

Page last updated: Thursday, 1 June 2017