Ironbark Sustainability:

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Ironbark Sustainability is a specialist local government consultancy that works with councils and key local government stakeholders around Australia by assisting them to reduce energy and water usage through sustainable asset and data management and on-the-ground implementation.

Ironbark has been operating since 2005 and brings together a wealth of technical and financial analysis, maintenance and implementation experience. Ironbark has the capacity, the experience and ability to draw on a breadth of knowledge around sustainable asset management to ensure the development and successful completion of projects.

Our main areas of expertise are in buildings, lighting, data management, funding assistance, climate change strategies and action plans. Over the last decade, we have assisted over 250 Australian councils with the implementation of sustainable asset management projects.

Ironbark's mission is to achieve real action on sustainability for councils and their communities.

Ironbark frequently contributes reports, information and time to the sector. Over the last decade we have written hundreds of articles, delivered webinars and developed presentations and reports that we have promoted through this website, our newsletter and social media. We have a resources page where you can search through all of these free resources by either high level categories, tags or free search in the search box or you can search via the search box to your right. If you have any questions or can't find what you're looking for you may also want to try the project area links in our main menu bar at the top of the page, otherwise please just contact us

To make sure that you don't miss a thing, make sure you sign up to our newsletter. The newsletter contains news on the latest funding opportunities; what our councils are doing to reduce emissions; and practical ideas and hints from councils we work with. All written by people with years of experience working in the sustainability and local government sector.

Current employment opportunities with Ironbark Sustainability

We are looking for suitably experienced and qualified people to take on the role of Field Auditor to carry out audits of street and open space lights. Ironbark has an organisational culture that is open and encourages new and innovative ideas. Our staff work closely and support each other as well as our clients, and we offer flexible working arrangements. If you’re interested in being a part of a professional team committed to delivering quality projects, have an eye for innovation, and are dedicated to the continued development of strong partnerships with clients, then we'd love to hear from you.

Applications close midnight 26th of October.

Councils and Climate Action 2017: CCR, COM, CDP, CCP, CPP... WTF?

A bit lost with all the local government climate change programs, protocols, trends and information that seem to be out there at the moment? Suffering from a severe case of TMA* over the CCR, CPP, CCP and CCR and responding with a healthy dose of WTF? Ironbark held a webinar on Thursday 7th September 2017 where we discussed all you need to know about councils and climate action in 2017. 

We looked at emissions reduction targets (council versus community); Science Based Targets; council climate programs 101: (Compact of Mayors; Zero Carbon Communities; Cities Power Partnership; TAKE2); NCOS and corporate emissions data; community data and the GPC Protocol; and why it’s time to de-couple GHG profiles from targets. Of course, setting targets and committing to programs won't result in a single tonne of greenhouse emissions reduction. We discussed how to leverage program commitments to advance the real game - enabling and engaging councils and communities to implement emissions reduction projects. 

If you couldn't make the webinar we won't take it personally! Just contact us and we'll send through all of the information and a recording so you can view on your own time. 

* Too Many Acronyms

Civic Building Woes - A Case Study for Dealing with Discomfort

Managing large buildings is a complex undertaking, and when a building has a combination of energy inefficiency and discomfort issues, it’s hard to know where to start. Ironbark recently partnered with HuxConnect and a team of lighting and heating and cooling (HVAC) engineers to do just this at Bayside City Council’s administration building. The site has been a challenge for many years and with rising energy pricing and ongoing staff complaints, it was time to take action. Close to 100 multi-metric sensors were distributed around the building capturing temperature and light levels (as well as other variables such as CO2).  Find out more here.

Ready, set...$500m NSW Climate Change Fund around the corner

In July the NSW Government is due to release $500 million as part of their Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan. The draft is currently being finalised and proposes $200m for accelerating advanced energy, $200m for energy efficiency and $100m on preparing for a changing climate. Based on the draft, councils will receive support for several activities including upgrading public lighting, developing a resource efficiency policy and purchasing renewable energy. What’s unclear at this stage is what exactly this support will entail, and whether it will be in monetary or other form. The other role for councils (particularly in regional areas) will be to provide advice to communities on advanced energy opportunities and climate change impacts. Find out more here.

Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Report Package

Community greenhouse gas data has been the bane of councils throughout Australia over the last decade. While developing a corporate (or internal) inventory is straight-forward enough, data limitations have hampered attempts to create complete community (or municipal-wide) inventories, while the lack of a clear and consistent protocol has frustrated those trying to account for various emission sources. However things have changed. There is now an internationally accepted reporting standard for councils (call the GPC), access to broader national and localised data sets, and international reporting platforms for councils to report on their climate performance, commitment and action. Ironbark is now offering Australian councils a GPC-compliant Community Emissions Inventory and Report Package. Check it out and jump on board!

Australian Councils Smash Through the Century with LED Lighting: Lessons from 368,063 Lights Across 103 Australian Councils

There have been over 368 street lights already changed over in Australia, representing around 16% of all lights and 23% of all residential (or local) roads. If you want to start an LED changeover now, then there's nothing stopping you learning from the 103 Australian councils that have already completed a bulk changeover. Check out what the industry has learnt from these 103 councils and come and join the LED lighting revolution!

One Planet Councils: How Does Your Council Compare Against Best Practice Sustainability?

At a recent Local Government Energy Efficiency Conference in Sydney, we heard keynote speakers from the City of Yarra reflect on the value of Yarra becoming Australia's first One Planet Council in 2014. Having developed One Planet Council Gap Analysis reports for councils around Australia, (including Yarra, the City of Greater Geraldton, City of Moreland, City of Subiaco, City of Bayside and others) Ironbark now has valuable data and tools that allow any council to find out how they measure up against international best-practice and other leading Australian councils across all aspects of sustainability.

Science-based Targets, the Compact of Mayors and Community Greenhouse Inventories

Throughout 2016 we've been speaking to councils and attending conferences, events and workshops throughout Australia where setting climate targets has been high on the agenda – including greenhouse reduction targets, renewable energy targets, energy efficiency targets and the most recent trend, science-based targets. This has been impacted by some other big changes in council land around the ongoing quest for accurate community emissions data and significant local and international programs that tie everything together. This article has everything you wanted to know about science-based targets, the Compact of Mayors and community greenhouse inventories (but were too afraid to ask or not sure where to start!).

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18 October

$13.6 million Victorian Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund - Rd 2 open for rural/regional council projects!…

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17 October

This was a game-changer... @beyondzeronews Repowering Port Augusta #TAKE2 @SustainVic

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17 October

Prevention is better than the cure! Rings true whether for tackling #climate change or #health issues…

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17 October

One year from #TAKE2 pledge day and councils and communities are taking #climate #action... Get on board!…

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Ironbark Sustainability

Suite 8, 70-80 Wellington Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

1300 288 262