A City With Lower Carbon Emissions

At City of Port Phillip we have smart solutions for a sustainable future and are striving to be a City with lower carbon emissions.

What is it?

One of the most significant challenges the world faces is transitioning away from our use of fossil fuels and reducing our carbon emissions.

Council is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to keep the global temperature rise to under two degrees.

Council Projects - Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP)

From 1 January 2019 all Council’s electricity has been powered by renewable sources. All our electricity, from the lights in our streets and barbecues in our parks to our libraries, childcare centres and town halls, is running on renewables.

City of Port Phillip is part of an innovative wind power project that will reduce its total emissions by 87 per cent. The project marks the first time in Australia that a group of local governments, cultural institutions, universities and corporations have collectively purchased renewable energy from a newly built facility.

The electricity is sourced from a new purpose-built 80MW wind farm at Crowlands, a small agricultural community north of Ararat. The project created more than 140 regional jobs during construction as well as eight ongoing maintenance jobs. Pacific Hydro has installed 25 of the 39 turbines required with the project expected to be fully completed in May.

The 14 organisations involved in the Project purchase 88 GWh of electricity each year, enough to power more than 17,000 households. Our MREP partners include; City of Melbourne, Yarra, and Moreland councils, as well as Australia Post, Bank Australia, the National Australia Bank, Melbourne University, Federation Square, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Zoos Victoria.

MREP represents a major step towards achieving our target of zero net emissions by 2027/28.

Measuring Progress


Council Deliverables

  1. Deliver behaviour change and education programs through the Sustainable City Community Action Plan and support environmental education programs in schools

  2. Review Council services to identify opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and implement changes

  3. Reduce energy use in Council buildings by investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency in Council Buildings and changing our behaviour

  4. Increase the sustainability of South Melbourne Market by installing renewable energy

  5. Embed sustainability into Council’s procurement and investment policies and practices, including minimum sustainability performance requirements for suppliers

  6. Introduce green lease provisions targeting tenant energy consumption, cleaning and waste management into new and renewed leases of Council buildings

  7. Transition the Council fleet to zero emissions, prioritising electric vehicles and charging stations, traditional and electric bikes, car share and low emissions vehicles

  8. Where viable, progressively convert Council buildings to fully electric power through maintenance and renewal programs

  9. Deliver an energy efficient street lighting upgrade (category V lights)

  10. Deliver a program that supports households, particularly those on a low income, to invest in sustainability retrofits, solar panels and pay back their investment through an alternative financing arrangement (SCCAP)

  11. Work with partners to drive the uptake of Environmental Upgrade Agreements for commercial and (legislation pending) residential buildings (SCCAP)

Community Project

Discover how one Middle Park family disconnected their gas supply to be the first home in our City to be completely powered by solar electricity. Read more.