Council’s Greenhouse and Water Performance
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)
In 2018-19, Council’s greenhouse gas emissions were 16,202 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). This is a 359 tonne (or 2.3%) increase on the previous year which was 15,843 (tCO2e). The increase can mostly be attributed to increased electricity and gas use in two of Council’s major facilities. Council’s buildings had the biggest usage of electricity and gas making up 8,390 (tCO2e) or 51.8% of Council’s total emissions, followed by public and street lighting (27.4%), emissions from major contractors, staff air travel and corporate waste (11.8%), followed by Council’s fleet (9.1%).
Council’s recent actions to manage and reduce emissions
- Adoption of Council’s Towards Zero Emissions Plan (2019-2023) which includes a commitment to undertake a bulk upgrade of minor street lights to LEDs in 2020-21 and a range of other initiatives over the next four years
- Adjustment of Council’s organisation boundary and greenhouse gas emissions baseline to commence alignment with the Federal Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard for best practice reporting on emissions
- Installation of six solar power systems in 2018-19 on Council facilities equalling over 45 kilowatts (kW), expected to provide almost 60 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity each year. This brings Council’s total solar power installed to over 587 kW (as of December 2019), providing over 760 MWh of electricity each year
- Trial of two solar battery storage systems at the Langwarrin Community Hall (7.2 kW) and Seaford Life Saving Club (9.8 kW)
- Completion of a number of energy audits and solar feasibility studies in 2019 for Council’s major facilities, to inform future investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy works
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)
In 2018-19, Council’s mains water use was 190 megalitres (ML). One megalitre is a million litres. This is a decrease of 15.6 ML (or 7.6%) compared to the previous year. The largest contributor to mains water use in 2018-19 was open space, using 113 ML (59.5%), followed by Council facilities and other services with 77 ML (40.5%).
Council’s recent actions to reduce mains water usage
- Upgrades to 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 2018-19)
- 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
- Investigation into stormwater harvesting for the irrigation of selected Council reserves
Frankston City Council
PO Box 490
Frankston VIC 3199
P. 1300 322 322
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