Council's key climate and energy policies are the Climate 2020 Action Plan (8.18 MB) and Securing the Future Adaptation Plan (4.57 MB), which seek to reduce emissions and encourage people to adapt to our changing environment.
Through action 5.1 of the Securing the Future Adaptation Plan, Council has also developed the Manningham City Council Food Security Plan 2016-2021 (2.74 MB). That plan aims to assist in creating a sustainable food system that allows economic and physical access to locally sourced food for individuals and businesses, whilst also providing the capacity for readily obtaining information for decision making that leads to healthy food choices.
In addition, Council tracks organisational energy use and carbon emissions through the Ecofootprint Project and initiates activities in house through its Green Office Green Organisation Program (GOGO).
Some major initiatives to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions are:
Doncaster Hill Smart Energy Zone
The Doncaster Hill Smart Energy Zone Action Plan supports a transition to 21st Century energy solutions. The Action Plan is essentially an energy road map, guided by three objectives:
- Reduce energy demand and greenhouse emissions
- Generate alternative and renewable energy within the Hill
- Establish Doncaster Hill as a sustainability laboratory
Doncaster Hill District Energy System
The proposed District Energy System, a more independently decentralised energy system, has major advantages for customers and the environment.
Extensive research investigated the possibility of bringing 21st century energy services to Doncaster Hill. District energy is widely recognised as a sustainable, cost-effective solution to the provision of heating, cooling and power via an insulated pipe network.
COFELY Australia and Manningham City Council are currently developing a detailed district energy project proposal to be endorsed at the June 2014 Council meeting.
MC2 Trigeneration System
One of the most innovative sustainability projects undertaken in Doncaster Hill is the installation of a trigeneration system in MC2. In a first for Local Government, the system supplies energy, heating and cooling to the building and energy overflow to the Council offices. The trigeneration system consists of a reciprocating generator producing power and waste heat, which is reclaimed to provide heating and cooling via an absorption chiller.
Council is currently investigating ways to optimise the operation of the trigeneration system and has appointed Cofely Australia to explore a district energy solution for the Civic Precinct.
The Cofely proposal, based on use of thermal energy infrastructure to capture waste heat from the trigeneration system via a thermal tank for re-use in heating and cooling, optimises the full potential of the trigeneration system to deliver cleaner and lower cost energy for Council and the community.
Council encourages the local community to be active participants in reducing energy use and emissions.
The following links offer ways to save energy at home and reduce your impact on climate change:
- Discover how to reduce your energy bills. Consider purchasing green power from your electricity retailer
- What about a solar hot water system which typically pays for itself after five to six years
- Choose a Green Plumber to assist with selection of your heating and cooling systems, and solar hot water
- Purchasing a new home, then check out its house energy rating first
- Are you building or renovating? Learn how to design the energy-smart way
You can help with local efforts to reduce Manningham's impact on the environment by being energy smart and by contacting Positive Charge.