Council’s Greenhouse and Water Performance

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Frankston City Council is committed to reducing energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to more sustainable energy resources. Council has set a zero net emissions target by 2025 to drive action across the organisation. 

Council's Greenhouse Gas Emissions (gross tCO2e)

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2019-20 Results

In 2019-20, Council’s greenhouse gas emissions were 15,868 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). This is a 334 tonne (or 2.1%) decrease on the previous year which was 16,202 (tCO2e). The decrease is mostly due to reduced energy use at three major Council facilities, namely the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC), Frankston Arts Centre and Library and the Civic Centre.

The largest contributor to Council’s emissions in 2019-20 was building electricity and gas use from Council facilities (51%), followed public lighting – including street lighting (28%), emissions from major contractor fuel, Council staff air travel and corporate waste (13%), followed by Council’s fleet (8%).

The decrease in energy use was attributed to the closure of a number of Council facilities as a result of COVID-19, as well as energy efficiency improvements to the Civic Centre and renewable energy generation at the Frankston Arts Centre and Library.

Council’s recent actions to manage and reduce emissions

  • Adoption of Council’s Towards Zero Emissions Plan (2019-2023) in January 2019 and re-commitment to zero net emissions by 2025
  • Implementation of Year 1 actions of the Plan including lighting upgrades at Meals on Wheels and Ebdale Community Hub and Learning Centre, plus rooftop solar installations at four sites. This brings Council’s total solar capacity to 600kW across 57 Council sites (as of 2019-20)
  • Trial of two solar battery storage systems at the Langwarrin Community Hall (7.2 kWh) and Seaford Life Saving Club (9.8 kWh)
  • Completion of two feasibility studies for the installation of large-scale rooftop solar at PARC and the Civic Centre (following necessary works to upgrade the roof). Collectively these projects are expected to reduce Council’s emissions by an estimated 603 tonnes each year
  • Completion of energy audits across several Council facilities to inform future energy efficiency works, including lighting efficiency upgrades at PARC and within the Frankston Arts Precinct – Library, Arts Centre and Cube 37 (expected to reduce Council’s emissions by an estimated 383 tonnes each year)

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Mains Water Use

Council is committed to reducing its reliance on mains water (drinking water) and using alternative and more sustainable water sources (e.g. recycled, rainwater, stormwater) where drinking quality water is not required. Council has a target to use 150 megalitres of mains water or less in Council’s operations by 2026. The target was adjusted in 2019 to allow for the addition of the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) in Council’s reporting.

Council's Mains Water Use (Megalitres)

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2019-20 Results

In 2019-20, Council’s mains water use was 153 megalitres (ML). One megalitre is a million litres. This is a decrease of 37 ML (or 19.4%) compared to the previous year which was 190 ML. The largest contributor to Council’s mains water use in 2019-20 was open space, using 96 ML (63%), followed by Council facilities and other services with 57 ML (37%).

The significant decrease in mains water use in 2019-20 was attributed to the closure of a number of Council sites due to COVID-19 (in particular the two aquatic centres, PARC and Pines), as well as improvements to a number of irrigation systems and practices, higher than average annual rainfall reducing Council’s irrigation demand, as well as reduced irrigation at George Pentland Botanic Gardens due to a problem with the irrigation system.

Council’s recent actions to reduce mains water usage

  • Upgrades to Council’s existing irrigation systems to improve efficiency and performance
  • Continued use of Class A recycled water from the Eastern Treatment Plant at Bangholme for irrigation of open space (43% of Council’s total water use was sourced from recycled water in 2019-20)
  • Review of Council’s ESD Standards for Council Buildings Policy to ensure water efficiency is a priority in Council facilities
  • Installation of rainwater tanks for water to flush toilets in new Council facilities
  • Completion of two feasibility studies to assess the potential for using recycled water for irrigation at selected Council reserves, including Lawton Reserve, Monterey Reserve, Eric Bell Reserve and Pat Rollo Reserve, to inform future works

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