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 net zero emissions target by 2025 to drive action across the organisation.

Council's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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2020-21 Results

In 2020-21 Council’s greenhouse gas emissions were 10,420 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). This is a 5,448 tonne (or 34%) decrease on the previous year which was 15,868 (tCO2e). The decrease is mainly due to:

  • the purchase of renewable energy through 100% accredited GreenPower® for five of Council’s major facilities from 1 July 2020, and for street lighting (where Council pays the electricity bills) from 1 January 2021, and
  • decreased energy usage at Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) and other Council sites due to closures as a result of COVID-19.

Whilst some solar and efficiency improvements have also reduced emissions, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to accurately measure progress on energy efficiency and for this reason 2020-21 is considered an atypical year.

The largest contributor to Council’s emissions in 2020-21 was building electricity and gas use from Council facilities (47%), followed by public lighting – including street lighting (22%), emissions from major contractor fuel, Council staff air travel and corporate waste (20%), followed by Council’s fleet (11%).

What are we doing to reduce Council’s emissions?

  • Adoption of the Towards Zero Emissions Plan (2019-2023) in January 2019 and re-commitment to net zero emissions for Council’s operations by 2025
  • Declared a climate emergency in November 2019
  • Adopted and implementing Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) Standards for Council Buildings Policy from February 2020
  • Committed to re-joining South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA) in 2020
  • Procured a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Bald Hills Wind Farm providing 100% renewable electricity for five of Council’s major facilities from 1 July 2020
  • Secured 4 years of GreenPower® for street lighting (where Council pays the electricity bills) from 1 January 2021
  • Progressing electric vehicle (EV) projects including working with neighbouring councils and SECCCA to develop a roadmap for public EV charging stations in the south east, as well as a trial of EV public charging sites and introduction of a community e-bike trial
  • Installation of 635 kilowatts of solar capacity across 61 Council sites, including 4 solar battery storage systems (as of 2020-21)
  • Upgraded 6,960 street lights to more energy efficient LEDS
  • Using materials with recycled content in road construction works
  • Set a tree planting target of 20,000 trees annually and successfully planted 10,000 trees in 2021 as part of Council’s adopted Urban Forest Action Plan (2020-2040)
  • Committed funding to development of a Climate Change Strategy addressing both climate mitigation and adaptation in 2021-22

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Council’s 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 mega-litres 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

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2020-21 Results

In 2020-21 Council’s mains water use was 158 megalitres (ML). One megalitre is a million litres. This is an increase of 5 ML (3%) in mains water usage compared to the previous year which was 153 ML.

The increase in mains water usage was mainly due to fixing irrigation systems that were found to be not functioning properly in the previous year, re-establishment of sporting grounds, as well as leaks from broken and damaged pipes which have now been fixed.

In 2020-21 Council also sourced 51% of its total water usage from recycled water, reducing pressure on precious drinking water supplies. This recycled water was used to irrigate a number of the City’s sporting reserves.

What are we doing to reduce Council’s water usage?

  • Upgrades to Council’s existing irrigation systems to improve efficiency and performance
  • Adopted and implementing Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) Standards for Council Buildings Policy from February 2020
  • Continued use of recycled water from the Eastern Treatment Plant at Bangholme for irrigation of open space
  • Installation of rainwater tanks for water to flush toilets in new Council facilities
  • Completion of feasibility studies to assess the potential for using recycled water for irrigation at additional reserves throughout the City
  • Advocacy with South East Water to the Victorian Government for funding to support both the Frankston and Monterey Recycled Water Schemes

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