Council emissions

We started recording our emissions in 2007–08. We call this our baseline year. In our baseline year, the emissions were 26,837 tonnes of CO2-e. Since then, we have checked greenhouse gas emissions across all the buildings and services we manage.

Due to ongoing efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and environmental footprint, our emissions are now below 6,000 tonnes CO2-e. This is over 80% less than our baseline year and is more than the target set in Our Low Carbon Future Strategy, which was 30–40%.

Though this a great effort, data shows that Council’s emissions make up less than 1% of emissions in Boroondara. This shows that we have an important role to play in supporting our community to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in Boroondara as well.

    Council emissions by source

    • Electricity in buildings makes up 46% of our emissions.
    • Electricity for streetlights makes up 28% of our emissions.
    • Gas for buildings makes up 10% of our emissions.
    • Fuel for vehicles makes up 8% of our emissions.
    • Indirect greenhouse gas emissions makes up 7% of our emissions.
    • Taxi and air travel makes up less than 0.1% of our emissions.
    • Refrigerants makes up 1% of our emissions.

    In 2021, streetlight electricity is 100% renewable and over 90% of building electricity is renewable. Renewable electricity doesn’t contribute to our total greenhouse emissions.

    Council emissions over time

    Since our baseline year in 2007–08, we have tracked our emissions each year. This includes actual emissions and emissions from vehicle use that have been offset by buying Australian Biodiversity Regeneration Offsets.

    Greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 to 2014

    Emissions (tonnes CO2) 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
    Actual emissions 26,509 26,316 26,803 26,130 25,156 23,865 23,605
    Offset emissions   911 911 860 860 860 860
    Total emissions 26,509 25,405 25,892 25,270 24,296 23,005 22,745

    Greenhouse gas emissions from 2014 to 2021

    Emissions (tonnes CO2) 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21
    Actual emissions 23,396 22,625 22,483 22,825 21,787 17,308 4,500
    Offset emissions 2,341 2,341 2,705 2,398 2,369 2,324 2,324
    Total emissions 21,055 20,284 19,777 20,427 19,417 14,984 2,175


    Community emissions

    We sourced information about where emissions in Boroondara come from on the Snapshot database. This database is the most readily available information about community emissions in Victorian Local Government Areas.

    The total emissions for Boroondara from January to December 2019 equals 1,804,000 tonnes of CO2-e.

    Electricity makes up 58% of emissions in Boroondara. 

    Gas makes up 19% of emissions in Boroondara. 

    Transport makes up 20% of emissions in Boroondara. 

    Waste makes up 3% of emissions in Boroondara.

    Other ways to reduce our carbon footprint

    It’s important to recognise that our environmental impact is made up of more than our energy use. Decisions we all make every day contribute to our carbon footprint and impact the environment.

    These include:

    • what we buy and use
    • how our food is produced
    • how we dispose of things
    • the materials used to build our homes, roads and cities.

    When we develop any plan or action to support environmental sustainability, we need to think about all of these factors.

    Unfortunately, we don’t know what the average individual greenhouse gas emissions in Boroondara is. To find out this information would be difficult, time consuming and expensive. However, we do know that there are many actions we can take as a Council and as a community to reduce our collective impact and create a sustainable, vibrant future.

    A pie chart that shows community emissions by source