Council takes major step toward NET ZERO target

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Indigo Shire Council has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 1,100 tonnes of C02-e in one year, taking it a significant step closer to its target of NET ZERO by 2035.

The reduction is a result of the Victorian Electricity Collaboration (VECO), which Council joined in May 2021 along with 45 other Victorian Councils.

In its first year as part of the collaboration, Council has not only lowered its electricity consumption on previous years, it has also spent significantly less on electricity.

Indigo Shire was one of the first councils in Victoria to declare a Climate Emergency in July 2019 and climate change mitigation forms a key part of its Council Plan.

Indigo Shire CEO Trevor Ierino is thrilled with the first year’s result.

“We take climate change and its impacts very seriously so it is really pleasing to see such a significant result in just 12 months. We’re excited to see what we can achieve in the next year.” Mr Ierino said.

Council has developed an emissions reduction plan to help achieve its goal of net zero by 2035 and has recently purchased two more electric vehicles, increasing its EV fleet to four.

VECO is the largest emissions reduction project ever undertaken by the local government sector in Australia, with the 46 Councils joining forces in a power purchase agreement with Red Energy to electrify their buildings and facilities with 100% renewable energy.

ELECTRICITY

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

Total cost

$261,468

$241,829

$195,105

Total consumption

1,053,747 kWh

1,034,582 kWh

862,439kWh

Scope 1 Emissions

0t CO2-e

0t CO2-e

0t CO2-e

Scope 2 Emissions

1,024 t CO2-e

972 t CO2-e

17t CO2-e

Scope 3 Emissions

150 t CO2-e

150 t CO2-e

2t CO2-e

Total Emissions

1,175 t CO2-e

1,123 t CO2-e

19t CO2-e

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