In 2020–21, we reduced carbon emissions from Council operations by 18%, when compared with 2019–20. We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic would have significantly contributed to this decrease in emissions with many buildings unoccupied during lockdown periods.
However, much was done in 2020–21 to cut our carbon footprint. This includes expanding rooftop solar capacity to a total of 1,109 kilowatt hours, purchasing two electric vehicles and installing one charging station and signing up to VECO, the Victorian Energy Collaboration. VECO is the largest emissions reduction project ever undertaken by the local government sector in Australia. From 1 July 2021, the majority of our electricity is renewable. From July 2022, 100 per cent will be renewable.
Since our baseline year of 2014–15, we’ve cut our emissions by 40%.