In 2013 we asked you to provide feedback by:
- commenting on the overall Zero Net draft strategy (PDF, 2.7MB) in the online form,
- providing comments on an individual section or sections that interested you, and
- speaking with one of our staff members at the pop up events.
The final Zero Net Emissions strategy was endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee on 11 February 2014. Read the strategy:
Timeline item 1
Community engagement on draft Zero Net Emissions strategy
Timeline item 2
Review feedback for draft Zero Net Emissions strategy
November 2013 - January 2014
Timeline item 3
Zero Net Emissions strategy endorsed by Council
11 February 2014
We had a number of Pop-Up events throughout October and November where the community had the opportunity to speak with City of Melbourne staff members and play our GIANT snakes and ladders game board!
44-86 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Wednesday 30th October
Docklands Community Hub
80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Friday 1st November
- What does Zero Net Emissions Mean?
Being carbon neutral, or zero net emissions means that the net greenhouse gas emissions associated with an organisation’s activities, products, services and events, are equal to zero.
It is achieved through a combination of measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and purchasing and cancelling of carbon offsets. Zero net emissions and carbon neutral can be used interchangeably.
- Can Melbourne actually be carbon neutral by 2020?
The City of Melbourne is more committed than ever to achieving zero net emissions. We became a certified carbon neutral organisation for the first time for the 2011-12 year. However with our collective progress being slower than expected, achieving this aspirational goal for the municipality by 2020 is becoming increasingly challenging.
Melbourne becoming a zero net emissions city continues to be contingent on many factors beyond City of Melbourne’s direct control. We are confident that we can achieve major milestones by working closely with Victorian, Australian, and local governments, businesses and the people of Melbourne on the road to zero net emissions.
- How can I reduce my own emissions?
The City of Melbourne runs a number of programs to help reduce the GHG emissions of our city. For more information visit Zero net emissions.
- What is a carbon offset?
Carbon Offsets are tradeable units that represent abatement of greenhouse gas emissions. Offsets represent the rights to a greenhouse gas reduction, and we retire the carbon offsets we purchase through a registered third party so they cannot be used by anyone else.
- What is a greenhouse gas?
Greenhouse gases are atmospheric gases responsible for causing global warming and climate change. The Kyoto Protocol lists six greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs), per-fluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).