Working together for a sustainable future
Moreland City Council fosters policies and approaches that produce a sustainable and liveable city. Council aims to improve the quality of life in Moreland while respecting our place in the global ecosystem.
With climate change a major challenge that cannot be ignored, Council continues to pursue its goal of reducing community greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2010.
In 1995, energy use by the Moreland community led to 1.35 million tonnes – equivalent to 10 tonnes per person – of greenhouse gases being emitted. Council is working to reduce this figure by encouraging residents to take up green power options, working with the community to reduce waste, ensuring that recycled materials are used in new buildings and promoting environmentally friendly design.
Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL) is an independent, not for profit organisation established by Moreland City Council to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the municipality. Established after the forced sale of Council owned electricity retailers, MEFL is the first independent, locally based organisation in Australia devoted entirely to reducing community greenhouse emissions.
Since 2001, MEFL has worked with households, businesses, schools and community groups to reduce wasteful energy use, save money on power bills and make buildings more comfortable to live and work in year round. As well, Council continually strives to find ways to further reduce its own energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through review of Council buildings and practices.
Moreland City Council aims to reduce greenhouse emissions from its operational energy use by 40 per cent by the year 2010.
Already, it has reduced emissions by 20 per cent from various actions, most significantly by purchasing Green Power for eight of its largest buildings.