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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.

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.

How Victorian Councils Just Saved $22 Million on Street Lighting

In July 2015, Ironbark Sustainability was engaged by Victorian councils to submit a response to the Electricity Distribution Price Review (EDPR) on behalf of the Local Government sector. Fast-forward a few months and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has just passed down its preliminary determination on electricity prices and the results are quite staggering. A review of the five separate determinations indicate a total minimum streetlight OMR saving across the state of around $22 million over the next 5 years that can are directly attributed to our submission. Yep, $22 million coming off your OMR bills over the next 5 years. Click here for more information or to download our free calculator to determine how much your council has saved

The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) Guide for Australian Councils

Over the last few years we've spent a bit of time looking into the ERF and more importantly, whether there will be opportunities for councils to participate. After the first auction in April 2015 it was clear that opportunities for councils are extremely limited. However, there is hope that some new methodologies and continued advocacy from the sector could still see councils rewarded for their projects into the future. With the second auction taking place in early November 2015 and possibly a third in early 2016, changes may be a foot, so Ironbark have developed the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) Guide for Australian Councils where we answer questions such as:

  • Will councils be able to participate in future reverse auctions?
  • What types of local government projects could be eligible such as buildings, street lighting and landfill gas projects?
  • What are the best opportunities for councils?
  • How should a council make a "bid"?
  • What will the impact of new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull be on the ERF and other policies?

Download our 13-page guide from here!

Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) Open for Council Subscriptions

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) was launched last week in Melbourne, representing a massive step forward for sustainability in the built environment and in the planning process. BESS was created to assist designers, builders and developers in demonstrating sustainability performance of any new developments, including existing building retrofits, during the planning permit application process. The tool analyses areas such as energy and water consumption, waste management and thermal comfort to determine the efficiency of planned works.

After the Auction: Councils and the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF)

We’ve spent a bit of time looking into Direct Action and the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) over the last year or so, and more importantly, whether there will be opportunities for councils to participate. At the time of writing the answer appears to be a clear “no”, and certainly the first auction saw zero councils involved. However, there is hope that some new methodologies and continued advocacy from the sector could still see councils rewarded for their projects. In this article we analyse the first ERF auction results and look into the future to see where council funding opportunities may lie

Sustainable Council Buildings: Benchmarking Analysis

In 2014 Ironbark and ICLEI Oceania surveyed hundreds of councils around Australia and 65% of Councils said they don’t have a good system for managing sustainability outcomes for buildings. In order to address this issue, Ironbark has launched the Sustainable Buildings Benchmarking Project so councils can see how their buildings compare to best practice. The report will compare similar facilities, such as aquatic centres, using consumption data so that Council can identify and prioritise ways to improve sustainability outcomes. Click here for more information or to learn how to participate.

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27. May 2016

NSW councils can apply for $15m Stronger Communities Fund grants #localgov #efficiency

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27. May 2016

$30m support for councils & community groups for parks, community facilities... #localgov

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27. May 2016

Nominations for the Queensland Premier's Sustainability Awards close mid-July! @LGAQ

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26. May 2016

#Climate #adaptation tool to assist councils assess risks & outline mitigation pathways

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