We’re certified carbon neutral!

Published on 13 October 2021

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Mornington Peninsula Shire has met the requirements of the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard for Organisations and is now certified as a carbon neutral business.

Our Carbon Neutral Policy was adopted by Council in 2016. In this Policy we made a commitment to operate with zero net emissions by 2021 and become certified as carbon neutral. We are proud to report we did it! 

Since introducing the Policy, our total annual emissions have been reduced by approximately 16,679 tonnes CO2-e (36 per cent).

How did we achieve this?

We manage our greenhouse gas emissions by:  

  • Keeping an emissions inventory
  • Limiting our emissions where we can by making new buildings energy efficient, reducing the need to travel and reducing waste
  • Implementing best value actions to reduce emissions
  • Offsetting residual emissions by funding projects that reduce emissions locally, nationally and internationally.

We have reduced our emissions by:

  • Installing new, energy efficient LED street lights across the Shire
  • Installing rooftop solar panels on Shire buildings
  • Enhancing energy efficiency in our buildings by improving lighting, heating and air conditioning
  • Implementing actions from the Environmentally Sustainable Design Policy in all new building projects
  • Requiring our supply chain to reduce emissions and purchasing carbon neutral products
  • Improving waste management by diverting more waste from landfill and capturing landfill gas.

Mornington Peninsula Shire joins 13 other Australian Councils in reaching this important achievement.

Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“I could not be happier and prouder to share the news that the Shire is now operating with zero net emissions, fulfilling our commitment to becoming carbon neutral.

“Climate change is a global issue affecting all people across the world. We prioritise local offset projects and seek out Victorian projects where available. Our offsetting activities have contributed to reducing emissions in New South Wales, Queensland and abroad in India and China, as well as preserving and enhancing biodiversity in Victoria.

“We can still do more and we are committed to doing even more. This is just the beginning for us!” 

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