Climate action

Our Climate Action Plan 

"As a Green Wedge Shire, Nillumbik Council is acutely aware of the multiple threats facing all communities and ecosystems as a result of climate change. This requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local governmentCouncil has declared a Climate Emergency, commits to a climate emergency response, and will proactively integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation into all Council actions".

Climate Action Plan graphic

Nillumbik Shire Council's Climate Action Plan 2022-2032(PDF, 4MB) is guiding our response to the challenges posed by climate change and outlines a twofold approach, involving mitigation and adaptation. 

It builds on Council’s previous plans (2010, 2015) and emphasises collaboration with the community to achieve its key climate action aims.

The Plan sets targets of achieving net-zero emissions in Council operations by 2030 and net-zero community emissions by 2035. 

It includes eight focus areas for Council's climate action.

  1. Strong climate action leadership and culture
  2. Having a climate resilient, adaptive and safe community
  3. Having a climate resilient natural environment
  4. Having climate responsive Council services, facilities, buildings and infrastructure
  5. Achieving Council and community zero emissions energy use
  6. Enhancing sustainable transport
  7. Achieving a zero waste and circular economy
  8. Integrated water management

Climate action annual implementation plans:

The 10-year Plan is accompanied each financial year by an Implementation Plan.

You can view the overarching Nillumbik Climate Action Plan 2022-2032 below (please note this document is best viewed in 'fullscreen' mode by clicking the square icon in the bottom right). A PDF of the document is also available for download below.

Download a copy of the Climate Action Plan 2022-2032(PDF, 4MB)

 

Climate change in Nillumbik and Victoria

Climate change in Victoria

The Victorian Government has identified climate change as one of the biggest threats to the future of the state, with warmer and drier conditions projected to have negative consequences for health, infrastructure, agriculture, water, biodiversity and alpine and coastal areas.

The physical impacts of climate change for Victoria include:

  • Increase in temperature year round, with more hot days and warm spells
  • Fewer frosts
  • Less rainfall south of the Divide in winter and spring, and less rainfall north of the Divide in autumn, winter and spring
  • More frequent and more intense downpours
  • Harsher fire weather and longer fire seasons
  • Rising sea levels
  • Warmer and more acidic oceans

Furthermore, as well as increasing the magnitude, duration and frequency of events such as heatwaves, drought, bushfire and flooding, climate change will also result in such events occurring in areas where they haven’t previously been experienced. 

Council recognises that climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing the world today and into the future.  Our actions will determine how successful we will be in reducing our contributions to climate change and in adapting to the effects of the changing climate.

Carbon emissions in Nillumbik

Council directly controls one per cent of carbon emissions generated in Nillumbik through our operations.

The other 99 per cent of emissions are generated by residents, businesses and other organisations.

Shire-wide emissions by sector:

  • Electricity - 50%
  • Transport - 22%
  • Gas - 16%
  • Waste - 3%

View Nillumbik's emissions (Snapshot community climate tool).

More information

 

What we are doing

Council is committed to working actively and collaboratively to help address climate change.

Our Climate Action Plan considers how we can mitigate against and adapt to climate change.  Each year Council endorses an annual implementation plan which lists the action that will be prioritised that year.  This year's list, and detail on what was achieved last year, are available for you to read.  

Additionally, through our membership of the Cities Power Partnership we have pledged to:

  1. Use Council resources to support the uptake of renewable energy
  2. Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on Council buildings
  3. Investigate opening up unused Council managed land for renewable energy
  4. Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality
  5. Support local community energy groups with their community energy initiatives.

Operationally, we implement a wide variety of actions to help reduce Council’s energy and water use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and we have increased our renewable energy capacity. 

We regularly host and support climate action and sustainability workshops, events and celebrations for our community; have invested in electric fleet vehicles and EV charge stations; and every one of Council’s buildings has already received some form of retrofit energy efficiency upgrade to help reduce our grid sourced energy consumption. Some of the details are summarised below.

We also work with our community in areas such as encouraging waste reduction and recycling, encouraging energy and water efficiency in the home, and preparing for and managing the risks of the physical impacts of climate change such as fire, heat, heavy rainfall events and drought.  

Nillumbik's world-first hybrid solar and battery off-grid project in Diamond Creek has been recognised in this Cities Power Partnership video highlighting local government climate and energy achievements across Australia in 2020.

 

What you can do

While climate change seems a significant social issue, taking action that makes a difference is an individual response. There are many choices we can make every day that reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save money at the same time.

Come along to a Climate Action Coffee and Chat 

Are you interested in connecting with others to talk about climate safety and climate action?

Reducing our climate impact and preparing for extreme weather caused by climate change is easier than you think!

Visit the Communities First page to find out more.

Drop-in or make a booking to receive free personalised advice

You can speak with Council's Sustainability team and receive advice tailored to your circumstances through the free Energy and Sustainable Living Advisory Service

Audit your home's energy and water efficiency

Borrow a Sustainable Home Audit Kit from Yarra Plenty Regional Library and find out where you could save energy and water in the home. The kits include a thermal imaging camera, power meter, water flow cup, thermometer and easy-to-follow instructions to help you check the performance of your building thermal shell, fittings and appliances. 

Our climate active community

Nillumbik is home to many friends groups, Landcare groups and other environmental groups. There are opportunities to get involved in citizen science projects, join committees and learn more about our local environment.

Find out more about our climate active community

At home

Making the choice to live more sustainably will reduce our carbon footprint too.

  • Use renewably sourced electricity for your power needs eg rooftop solar, battery storage, or get GreenPower or renewable energy through your retailer.
  • Using less energy at home by being energy efficient and improving your home or rental will also reduce bills.
  • Replace your gas appliances with electric to realise the health, emissions and cost savings benefits of an all-electric home

Lifestyle choices

Including sustainable choices in our lifestyles goes a long way to reducing our carbon output. Make one or two changes to your routine at first, as doing everything at once can be overwhelming and unrealistic.