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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

8 April 2003

Local Government Delivers on Greenhouse Gas Reductions


Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today recognised 30 local councils throughout Victoria for their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr Kemp presented awards at the Cities for Climate Protection™ (CCP) Australia conference to Victorian local councils who have reached significant milestones as part of the CCP™ program.

CCP™ is an innovative international program which assists local governments and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The City of Greater Dandenong is just one of the councils awarded for their greenhouse gas reduction actions which include a Green Power purchasing program that has reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by 7,970 tonnes.

Other councils recognised for their outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse emissions include Ballarat, Bayside, Boroondara, Frankston and Melbourne City Council.

After formally committing to the program, councils begin the CCP™ Program at Milestone 1, which involves identifying their emissions levels. They then progress through a further four milestones which involve setting a greenhouse gas reduction goal, developing and implementing an action plan to achieve that goal, and evaluating the success of their achievements.

"The 30 councils recognised today are at various stages of the CCP™ Program, however they all share a commitment to one goal, reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions," Dr Kemp said.

"In Victoria, 46 councils are participating in the program representing approximately 75% of the Victorian population."

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council was recognised today as the first rural council in Australia to achieve Milestone 5. The Council is undertaking a range energy efficiency programs at three of its council buildings.

While speaking at the CCP™ event, Minister Kemp also launched the 2002 Cities for Climate Protection™ Program Report.

"The Report shows that through strong leadership and innovation, Australian local governments are world leaders in reducing greenhouse gas emissions," he said.

"At the end of 2002, 17 Australian councils had reached the final stage of the CCP™ Program and 16 of these have now signed on to a new component of the program called CCP™ Plus, which will allow them to further develop and invest in projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"The Howard Government has invested $13 million to the CCP™, which is a joint project of the Australian Greenhouse Office and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.

"CCP™ Australia is an excellent example of how the Federal and local governments are working together to reduce greenhouse emissions.

"I would like to congratulate all the participating councils and in particular the Milestone Five and CCP™ Plus councils for their leadership and commitment to achieving greenhouse gas abatement."

Australia is at the forefront of efforts by nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the Howard Government investing almost $1 billion to fight greenhouse.

"The Government will continue to develop and invest in domestic programs to meet the target agreed to at Kyoto of limiting greenhouse emissions to 108% of 1990 levels over the period 2008 to 2012," Dr Kemp said.

"By the end of this decade, the Howard Government's $1 billion greenhouse abatement programs will deliver about 60 million tonnes annually in emissions reductions - the equivalent of taking all passenger cars off Australia's roads. This forms a strong platform on which to develop Australia's Forward Strategy on Climate Change."

For further information on CCP™ Australia visit www.greenhouse.gov.au

Media Contact:
Catherine Job 0408 648 400


Fact Sheet: Cities for Climate Protection™ Australia

Cities for Climate Protection (CCP)™ Australia is a joint initiative between the Australian Greenhouse Office, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and local government. The CCP™ Australia performance based milestones are:

Political Declaration: Council formal commitment to Program
Milestone 1: Prepare an emissions inventory and estimate emissions growth
Milestone 2: Establish an emissions reduction goal
Milestone 3: Develop a local action plan
Milestone 4: Implement the local action plan
Milestone 5: Monitor and report on the implementation of the local action plan
CCP™ Plus: Council formal commitment to continuing action through Program

171 local councils across Australia have committed to the CCP™ program, which represents over 66 percent of the population.

Milestone 5 and CCP™ Plus Councils:

City of Boroondara
The City of Boroondara has been operating an energy management program since 1999. Major actions taken to date include

The Council has now reduced their annual greenhouse gas emissions by around 1,030 tonnes

Frankston City Council
Frankston City Council sees CCP™ as good business and a chance for the residents to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and begin using sustainable energy sources. In 2001 the Council upgraded the Langwarrin Community Centre to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy. The Centre installed solar panels, automated lighting control and motion sensors and a strategic reduction in lighting and as a result reduced their annual electricity consumption by about 80 percent. The Centre is now a showcase of energy saving excellence with an educational role for informing the local community about renewable energy and energy efficiency ideas.

City of Greater Dandenong
The City of Greater Dandenong has initiated a number of greenhouse gas reduction actions including a Green Power purchasing program, lighting retrofits, vehicle downsizing and the introduction of alternative fuels. Recently, the City signed a contract for the supply of Green Power electricity for 107 of its facilities and streetlights, reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 7,970 tonnes.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Macedon Ranges Shire Council is undertaking energy efficiency programs at three council buildings - Kyneton Administration Centre, Kyneton Town Hall and the Woodend Administration Centre. As part of the Program the Council is also installing energy efficient lights, upgrading computers and printers to be energy star enabled and purchasing 20 percent of its power from greenhouse neutral green power sources.

City of Melbourne
The highlight of Melbourne's greenhouse program is the number of partnerships forged with key government agencies, businesses and community groups to mobilise a municipal wide effort. The Commercial Buildings Partnership, for example, works with the commercial building sector to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 1,500 tonnes a year. Melbourne City Council is also working with around 90 cafes and restaurants across Melbourne and Port Phillip to roll out lighting upgrades which will save around 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year. In addition, through the Food Waste Recycling in the CBD program a food waste collection and recycling centre has been established in partnership with BP reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 47,000 tonnes.

Moreland City Council
Moreland City Council has established the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited to work with the community to address climate change. Initiatives include reducing reliance on car-based transport, improving the efficiency of Council buildings, and introducing an sustainability grants program for community projects.

City of Port Phillip
The City of Port Phillip has introduced the Sustainable Living at Home which is a community based environmental program that provides education and resources to the community on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in five key areas: water, energy, waste, travel and purchasing.

City of Darebin
The City of Darebin has focused on street lighting and improving the energy efficiency of their buildings.
The implementation of an energy efficiency program has involved upgrading lighting controls, installing calendar time switches, and upgrading heating valves. These and other initiatives have saved the Council 3,242 tonnes of greenhouse gas.

Maroondah
Maroondah City Council, have focused its activities on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through use of more efficient light fittings, installation of a high efficiency natural gas water heater with temperature controls, and by downsizing the Council car fleet. They now save over $17,000 a year.

Other Victorian Councils Recognised

CCP™ Australia Councils Milestone Level
  Ballarat City Council Milestone 2
  Banyule City Council Milestone 4
  Bayside City Council Milestone 2
  Cardinia Shire Council Milestone 2
  Gannawarra Shire Council Milestone 2
  City of Greater Bendigo Milestone 3
  Hobsons Bay City Council Milestone 3
  City of Kingston Political Declaration and Milestone 1
  Knox City Council Milestone 2
  Monash City Council Milestone 2
  Mount Alexander Shire Council Milestone 2 and Milestone 3
  Nillumbik Shire Council Milestone 3
  City of Wyndham Milestone 1
  Yarra City Council Political Declaration
CCP Australia: CCP Rural Victoria Councils
  Ararat Rural City Council Political Declaration
  Moyne Shire Council Political Declaration
  Surf Coast Shire Council Political Declaration
  Pyrenees Shire Council Political Declaration
  Colac Otway Shire Political Declaration
  Towong Shire Council Political Declaration
  Golden Plains Shire Council Political Declaration
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