Climate Change and Sustainability

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

When it comes to action on climate change Council is right up there in leading the way.

Council records and monitors its corporate greenhouse gas emissions each year. Understanding where greenhouse gasses come from within each area of Council, helps prioritise our reduction efforts so we can achieve the highest impacts. 

Council's corporate carbon emissions come from the following areas: 

  • Facilities - electricity use, paper use, leakage from air conditioners and fridges and water use at Council buildings, as well as community facilities.
  • Public lighting - electricity used from street lighting across Bass Coast
  • Vehicles - Council's fleet vehicles and our outdoor vehicles such as mowers, trucks and graders
  • Waste - Grantville landfill, ie emissions created from household waste across Bass Coast
  • Other - additional emissions sources may be included as quality data becomes available. 

 

Corporate emissions have increased by 2% since 2009/2010 to 0.71 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent gas (CO2-e) per Bass Coast resident.  The graph shows landfill emissions increasing each year, the savings though public lighting have kept this increase to only 2%.

 

Emissions from landfill come mostly from the residential garbage service, and waste from residents taken to the transfer stations.

 

 

Council's internal corporate greenhouse gas emissions have reduced by 18% to 0.18 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent gas over
 the same time period.
The efficiencies made though the Sustainable Street Lighting Project was the main contributor to this significant reduction.

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