What are we doing?
Our Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2016–2021 (PDF, 30MB) sets long-term goals for net zero emissions from our operations by 2030, and net zero emissions from the community by 2050. In first two years under the strategy — we have cut emissions by a further 13 per cent.
Here are some of the key programs that contributed to this reduction.
Residential 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 27 council sites so far.
Food waste recycling
We introduced food waste recycling into our green waste collection service in autumn 2018.
Lift our Game
We’re helping local sporting clubs improve energy efficiency, cut emissions and reduce costs.
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.
Positive Charge provides energy-saving advice, services and products to households, businesses, schools and community groups.
We’ve partnered with Positive Charge to help you improve your energy efficiency. They offer a free advice line and can link you to trustworthy suppliers for an obligation-free quote.
We recently launched an exciting new program, in partnership with Solar Savers, to help pensioners install solar power with no upfront costs.
Solar Savers takes the hard work out of finding an affordable and trustworthy solar installer, so you know you're getting a quality solar system. Having solar power allows you to save money on power bills, while growing renewable energy in Glen Eira.
Twenty five Victorian councils are taking part in the program, which has funding from the Victorian Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund.
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 Positive Charge for a free quote.
If you're a pensioner 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.
Choose your electricity retailer wisely
Switching to a more environmentally friendly electricity retailer could help you reduce your emissions. Visit Ethical Switch to find out more.
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.