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 2,200 streetlights with energy efficient lights, which has reduced street lighting consumption by 22% across Eurobodalla
- reduced Council's fleet emissions by over 15% since the 2005/06 baseline by following tighter specifications for vehicles
- 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
- retrofitted simple energy and water efficiency measures in over 50 community buildings across Eurobodalla from 2013-2015 as part of the Community Building Sustainability Project
- implemented energy controls at water and sewer sites, operating strictly in off-peak times where we can, which is saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year
- given Eurobodalla'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 transport method than driving.
Solar power roll-out
We have installed 2,600 solar panels at 26 Council facilities. The solar panels can produce up to 639kW of power when the sun shines. Using solar power save 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.
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Eurobodalla Greenhouse Action Plan
The Eurobodalla Greenhouse Action Plan sets out Council's response to climate change.
It aims to reduce the total Council greenhouse gas emissions from the 2005/06 baseline by 25% by 2020.
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.