Sustainable programs and initiatives to support climate action.
What you told us
You would like to see more sustainable programs and initiatives in the community, including encouraging solar panels and renewable energy options, community compost facilities as well as education initiatives to encourage sustainable living.
“Ways to support people into climate conscious decisions for example, grants/knowledge about solar panels and renewable resources, make people want to choose greener options etcetera.”
“Climate - needs a HUGE focus. Encourage / teach us how we can contribute to the well-being of our planet’s future.”
“More environmentally focused housing, sustainability focused changes for streets, transport and businesses.”
What we’re doing
We declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2019 and are taking bold action on climate change. We’ve committed to zero-net emissions by 2040 in addition to a range of other actions and priorities.
We’re pursuing higher environmental standards through our proposed planning scheme amendment C376 Sustainable Building Design. This proposed amendment will ensure new buildings are future proofed and support our vision of a zero emissions city by 2040.
In 2017 we became the first capital city council in Australia to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy through the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project. By continuing our innovation in renewable energy, Power Melbourne will play a lead role in reaching our ambition to become a city powered by 100 per cent renewables by 2030.
We also offer a range of community environmental education and awareness programs including Nature Stewards, our Citizen Forester Program, Gardens for Wildlife and sustainability walking tours.
To prevent e-wastes going into landfill, we offer e-waste drop-off locations. You can drop off batteries at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, and other libraries.
What we’re doing next
We’re looking at ways we can further support our residents across Melbourne to make their homes more comfortable, healthy, affordable and environmentally sustainable to live in. Some resources are available for residents here.
[February 2023] We’ve become one of six cities around the world to appoint dedicated Chief Heat Officers to raise awareness about extreme heat risk, provide local leadership and collaborate to deliver solutions. We’re currently delivering Heat Health Preparedness seminars with a range of community groups across February and March. We're also working on developing a plan to make the city safer from the impacts of heat and will be engaging with people who may be vulnerable to the experiences of heatwaves across each neighbourhood.
To protect Princes Park from the impacts of future drought, we are investigating options to capture excess stormwater from Moonee Ponds Creek to provide a sustainable water supply to this valuable open space. It is proposed that pipework and infrastructure will be predominately underground and needs to cross Royal Park to reach Princes Park.
We are making it easier for all residents to access affordable renewable energy, no matter where they live. Working with University of Melbourne and RMIT research partners, the Power Melbourne project will install a network of neighbourhood batteries around the city. The batteries will be linked to a retail electricity plan to help renters, people living in apartments, and those running small businesses access more affordable renewable electricity.