What are we doing?
Our Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2016–2021 (PDF, 30MB) sets long-term goals for zero net emissions from our operations by 2030, and net zero emissions from the community by 2050. We have achieved our interim target of reducing our carbon emissions from baseline levels by 25% one year early.
Here are some of the key programs that contributed to this reduction.
Residential street lights moved to more efficient lighting in 2012–13. We’re upgrading lighting in parks and public spaces, and planning upgrades to street lighting on major roads.
Energy efficiency upgrades and installing solar
We make annual energy efficiency upgrades and install renewable energy in council buildings. We’ve installed solar panels in 31 council buildings so far.
Food waste recycling
We introduced food waste recycling into our green waste collection service in autumn 2018.
Capital works program
All new capital works projects have an allocated budget of five per cent for sustainability measures.
Who are we working with?
Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA)
We joined the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action in 2017. Their programs aim to:
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the region
- provide support for regional adaptation to climate change impacts.
As an EAGA member, we work with other councils to provide leadership and overcome regulatory barriers through shared projects.
The Compact of Mayors
With more than 650 members, the Compact of Mayors is the world’s largest cooperative effort among mayors and city leaders to reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Through our involvement with the Compact, we are:
- increasing our visibility in responding to climate change
- demonstrating our commitment to a global climate solution
- encouraging public and private sector investment by meeting similar standards to those followed by national governments
- building a body of data on the impact of city action
- accelerating more ambitious and collaborative local climate action.
TAKE2 is the Victorian Government’s collective climate change initiative. We’re one of 22 Victorian councils to take up their pledge to keep the temperature rise under two degrees and transition to zero emissions.
Australian Energy Foundation
Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide you with simple energy advice you can trust.
The Australian Energy Foundation is a for purpose organisation, leading the way to an equitable zero carbon society. They accelerate the energy transition by empowering communities to take action. Read more about AEF.
The energy advisers at the Australian Energy Foundation can help you work out exactly what you need to do to make your home energy-efficient. From solar to pool pump controllers, they can provide advice on all areas of your home, helping you make an informed decision.
They can also connect you with reliable suppliers for everything you need to make your home energy-efficient. They conduct a rigorous procurement process so that you can buy with ease and confidence.
Areas they can help with include:
Solar Panels and Battery Storage
Insulation & Draught Proofing
Hot Water Heat Pumps
Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners
Home Energy Assessments
Pool Pump Controllers
Visit the Australian Energy Foundation to get a quote and learn about all the things you can do in your home.
Glen Eira City Council has partnered with Solar Savers to make it easy for the Glen Eira community to install a quality solar photovoltaic system from an accredited installer.
Solar Savers protects the community against rising energy costs while also supporting them to power their homes with clean energy. Solar Savers program supports all members of the community, from low-income households to home-businesses.
Solar Savers takes the hard work out of solar by choosing a trusted installer with quality solar systems and workmanship. This is done through a bulk buy scheme.
The program is being rolled out across 10 Victorian councils during 2019 and 2020. Solar Savers participants may also be eligible for the Victorian Government Solar Rebate. Households are encouraged to register their interest in the State rebate by visiting Solar Victoria.
What can you do?
There are lots of ways you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.
Get the knowledge to create a low-carbon future, and stay informed. The Climate Council is a great place to start.
Make your home or business more energy-efficient
Victorian Energy Upgrades gives homes and businesses access to discounts on energy-saving products. Households using this program could cut $150 a year or more from their energy bills, while businesses are looking at savings of $670 or more.
Consider renewable energy
Solar and hot water are an increasingly affordable option to reduce your household emissions. The Clean Energy Council offers impartial information on both of these. Or contact Australian Energy Foundation for a free quote.
You can also take part in our new program, in partnership with Solar Savers and other Victorian Councils, which helps you install solar power with no upfront costs.
Use your online electricity portal
Use your electricity distributor or retailers' online portal to monitor your electricity usage patterns. If your retailer doesn’t offer this service, both of our local distributors offer their own portals.
- If United Energy is your distributor, visit Energy Easy
- If CitiPower is your distributor, visit the myEnergy dashboard
Check energy rating labels
Make wise food choices
Between 30 and 60 per cent of your eco-footprint comes from the food you buy. Reducing food waste and putting your food waste to good use by turning it into compost will also help reduce emissions. Visit our page on recycling your food scraps for more information.