Local Governments

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Why should Local Governments TAKE2?

  • You could get access to ground breaking climate change work other Local Governments are involved with.
  • By participating in TAKE2, you can promote your Council’s climate change efforts and further improve its reputation.
  • You could lower your organisational operating costs.
  • If your Council is a climate change leader, it will have a lot to offer other organisations through TAKE2.
  • Unchecked, the environmental impact of climate change will affect all areas of life.
  • It’s the right thing to do.

How can Local Governments TAKE2?

Initially you’ll need to make the TAKE2 pledge.

Then decide what actions your Local Government is taking already or will take in the future to reduce its emissions. You’ll be able to select listed actions or outline your own ideas as part of the registration process.

Some examples include:

  • Undertake an energy inventory and develop a reporting process.
  • Develop and implement a Council building energy efficiency capital works program.
  • Develop a renewable energy implementation plan.
  • Introduce a kerbside organic waste collection program.
  • Encourage staff to TAKE2.
  • Promote Council’s environmental programs to the community.
  • Give residents guidance on environmental design and retrofits.

Once you’ve committed to actions, get started. You can share your Local Government pledge through your TAKE2 website profile and via your Local Government website and social media channels so your community knows you are acting on climate change.

TAKE2 actions

Signing your Council up to TAKE2 will help Victoria reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Below are TAKE2 actions your Council can take to combat climate change. This list will help you plan how your organisation can tackle climate change.

Energy efficiency category

  • Undertake an energy inventory and develop a reporting process
  • Develop a climate policy
  • Set a science based emissions reduction target
  • Set minimum energy efficiency standards for constructing, renovating and maintaining Council-owned buildings
  • Develop and implement a program to address energy efficiency in reactive maintenance
  • Develop and implement a council building energy efficiency capital works program
  • Ensure Council’s building management systems (BMS) maximise energy performance
  • Upgrade heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) in Council-owned buildings
  • Change street lighting to LED (residential and council-managed roads first, then change main road LED street lighting)
  • Enter into an energy performance contract (EPC)

Renewable energy category

  • Establish a policy for Council’s own new builds to have energy efficiency and renewable plans
  • Develop a renewable energy implementation plan
  • Set a renewable energy target for Council
  • Buy renewable energy
  • Investigate microgrid opportunities
  • Review renewable energy options for aquatic centres
  • Install solar photovoltaic on buildings that can support the technology
  • Trial or install battery storage
  • Find innovative market solutions for investment in renewable energy contracts

Emissions offsets category

  • Assess and monitor Council’s carbon emissions
  • Have carbon emissions independently verified
  • Buy carbon offsets for air travel
  • Buy carbon offsets for business emissions
  • Get carbon neutral accreditation through National Carbon Offset Standard and promote through the Carbon Neutral Network

Strategic and statutory planning

  • Work with developers to improve local development standards
  • Investigate opportunities for low carbon growth planning in new developments
  • Map climate change hazards for Council assets and the municipality
  • Develop guidelines for solar photovoltaic and solar hot water installations
  • Develop an ecologically sustainable development (ESD) policy planning amendment to the local planning scheme
  • Train planning staff to effectively apply ESD principles
  • Conduct on-site ESD inspections for developments once built
  • Work with other councils to adopt a standard for ESD policies in planning schemes
  • Assess planning applications with the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment’s (CASBE) Built Environment Sustainable Development Scorecard

Transport and fleet category

  • Assess fleet management to identify fuel efficiency opportunities
  • Train staff in fuel efficient driving techniques
  • Encourage staff to use public transport for work-related travel by offering MYKI cards
  • Provide staff facilities for active travel including cycling, running and walking
  • Provide bicycles to staff for work travel
  • Build more dedicated cycling paths
  • Construct more on-road cycling lanes
  • Buy low emissions vehicles for Council’s passenger fleet
  • Investigate fuel/vehicle options for Council’s heavy and commercial vehicles
  • Investigate opportunities to install electric vehicle recharge infrastructure

Waste category

  • Develop or update municipal waste management and resource recovery strategy
  • Identify and set internal waste reduction targets
  • Educate staff to better manage waste
  • Install separate bins for landfill, co-mingled, soft plastics, organics, e-waste and light globes in council-managed buildings
  • Reduce contamination in kerbside waste collection
  • Introduce a kerbside organic waste collection program
  • Introduce a recycling system for public places
  • Identify opportunities to turn waste to energy
  • Promote 'Detox your Home' mobile collections and permanent drop-off sites to your community

Natural and urban environment category

  • Map local biodiversity
  • Develop a biodiversity plan that considers climate change threats, impacts, opportunities, and actions
  • Develop an urban heat island plan
  • Develop an urban forests strategy
  • Develop an integrated water cycle management plan that considers climate change threats, impacts, opportunities, and actions on biodiversity
  • In regional areas, investigate how climate change could impact agriculture and sustainable land use
  • Develop an incentive program to encourage land owners to protect and enhance biodiversity
  • Develop a tree inventory and management system to assess health, future planting options and canopy cover
  • Engage the community on how climate change will affect future vegetation selection and planting in the municipality
  • Develop biolinks across the municipality

Purchasing and contracting category

  • Develop a sustainable procurement policy including guidance on environmental evaluation criteria
  • Do a spend analysis and identify opportunities for a sustainable procurement plan
  • Set targets for sustainable green spends
  • Monitor and report on targets
  • Include environmental evaluation criteria in quotes and tenders

Culture and leadership category

  • Encourage staff to TAKE2
  • Set up an environment team to identify ways to reduce emissions at work
  • Help councillors and staff reduce emissions by providing environmental professional development
  • Promote Council’s environmental programs to the community
  • Community Encourage the community to TAKE2
  • Feature climate change in Council publications
  • Establish a community environmental advisory committee
  • Give residents guidance on environmental design and retrofits
  • Develop a rate rebate scheme for energy efficiency and solar features
  • Work with developers to support distributed renewable energy in new developments
  • Support renewable energy bulk-buys for the community
  • Establish an environmental upgrade agreement or rates payback mechanism for commercial buildings
  • Support community owned renewable energy generators and retailer

What’s next?

You will receive regular updates and tips. You can continue to update your climate change actions and hear how others are playing their part.

Victoria can help keep the temperature rise under two degrees, as long as we all act, together.