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

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 street lighting, buildings, data management, funding assistance, climate change strategies and action plans.

Over the last decade, Ironbark has assisted over 200 Australian local governments, SMEs, large organisations and state and federal government bodies with the implementation of sustainable asset management projects.

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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. We hope you find valuable information you're after and feel free also to drop us a line with general feedback or suggestions.

South Australian Public Lighting Forum - Thursday 28th July 2016

Throughout Australia local governments are installing LED street lights in their hundreds of thousands. Given that street lighting is the single largest source of electricity use from Australian local governments, more councils from all around the country are looking to use proven and successful models that deliver real action on the ground. However, South Australian councils are yet to be given the opportunity to jump on board this revolution. Until now.

South Australian councils were invited to a council-only Public Lighting Forum on Thursday 28th July 2016, 10am-1pm at City of Charles Sturt to learn more about how to overcome the traditional barriers and start changing over to LEDs. The Forum summarised the pioneering work of 9 leading councils from across South Australia who have been having regular, open and collaborative discussions with SA Power Networks (SAPN) to negotiate access to large scale LED replacement programs in SA. Paul Brown and Alexi Lynch from Australia’s foremost public lighting experts, Ironbark Sustainability, along with one of the most experienced South Australian local government sector experts, Adam Gray, presented along with representatives from Local Government Association of South Australia. Click here for background information or to download the presentations and a Q&A Report from the Forum.

Three Major Road LEDs Approved for use by Victorian DNSP Ausnet Services

In June 2016 Victorian Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) AusNet Services announced the approval of six residential (Category P) LEDs and the introduction of three major road (Category V) LEDs that are now available for use on the network. The new residential LEDs provide additional replacement options for 80W and 125W mercury vapour lights and the major road options will allow the energy efficient replacement of old 150W, 250W and 400W high-pressure sodium lights. This is big news for councils looking towards major road lighting changeovers as the next step in energy efficient public lighting upgrades!

Special Webinar: Setting Science Based Climate Targets for Local Government and the Impact of 1.5 Degree Paris Agreement

The successful Paris Agreement adopted in December last year represents a historic turning point in the international fight against climate change. Central to the adoption of the Paris Agreement are items of critical importance to Australian councils, including how Australian councils set localised science based targets that align with the ambitious target of the Paris Agreement to limit the increase in global average temperature to 1.5 degrees. Ironbark held a free council webinar on Monday 20th June 2016 to present on "science-based targets"; how they differ to previous approaches; how councils in Australia and around the world are approaching setting science-based targets since Paris; and the broader context of the Paris Agreement and beyond. For a copy of the presentation please contact us.

State-by-State Update on Councils Retaining Ownership of LED Street Lights and Contestable Maintenance

Australian councils are leading the way when it comes to changing to LED street lights. Indeed, over 14% of all Australian street lights have now been changed over to more energy efficient alternatives, including 21% of all residential (or local) roads. Every single successful project in Australia has been the result of cooperative dialogue and relationships between councils, DNSPs and other key stakeholders. We know that collaboration works. We know that arguing doesn’t. Which brings us onto instalment #2,912 of "what's really happening with councils retaining (or gaining) ownership of street lights"...!

Street Lighting Tender Panel Refreshed: Multiple LEDs and Access for Tasmanian Councils

Since 2012, Victorian councils have purchased hundreds of thousands of LED street lights through the MAV's standing panel of approved street lights. Leveraging the combined purchasing power of councils has resulted in economies of scale and seen councils saved up to 45% in capital costs of street lights and months of procurement headaches. Given the success of the initial standing materials panel, in early 2016 the tender was refreshed and the updated pricing table is now available to all Victorian councils and also for Tasmania councils for the first time! It also now contains multiple LED options for both residential and main roads. Once again, we’ve witnessed significant financial savings due to the increased competition, with multiple LED options approved in every distribution area.

It's Back and Bigger Than Ever: 4th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit on 6th-7th September 2016

The fourth annual Smart Lighting Summit is clearly the premier platform for councils and industry stakeholders to discuss strategies to improve energy efficiency, smart technologies, smart cities, upcoming project opportunities, new technology, and regulations impacting the sector. Last year’s event was truly a "meeting of the minds" and offered highly valuable networking opportunities with all the key players of Australia’s lighting scene. The “who’s who of lighting” will be there as always and the line-up is strong with representatives from lighting suppliers, manufacturers, roads authorities, councils, state government and distribution businesses. This year there are some fascinating international projects such as Smart Street Lighting Solutions in Wellington and What can Australian Local Governments Learn from Smart Street Lighting Trends across US Cities.

Energy Efficient Street Number 300,000 Light Installed! Can You Guess the Council Where the Milestone took Place?

Monday 7th March 2016 marked a special milestone for councils around Australia, with the 300,000th energy efficient street light installed. This has been a remarkable achievement, especially considering that only five years ago the number was a fraction of this. Perhaps the most remarkable – and telling – part is precisely where light number 300,000 was installed. Can you guess?

Before you jump to the usual suspects or capital cities, it wasn’t Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide. It wasn’t the cities of Wyndham, Moonee Valley, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Whittlesea, Greater Dandenong, Liverpool or Penrith where crews have been out installing LEDs over the last few weeks. No, LED number 300,000 was installed in a Shire in North East Victoria on the border with NSW, with a population just under 6,000.

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25. Aug 2016

Nice work @HobsonsBayCC one of the first councils to offer #EUAs to businesses @SMFAus

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24. Aug 2016

Reminder from Moke from @YarraCouncil that "targets absolutely generate momentum to support action" #publicenergy16

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23. Aug 2016

Potholes to meet their match with mobile 3D printer! #localgov

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22. Aug 2016

Sam Burke announces return of Greener Government Buildings Program! #PubliceEnergy16

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