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

Smart Cities Funding: Clock is Ticking! Download the Top 10 Tips for Writing a Funding Application

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 12 months you’d be aware of the Federal Government’s “smart cities” push, which included a Smart Cities Summit in April 2016 and launching Australia's very first Smart Cities Plan that will help everyone thrive in the 21st Century economy. Over the last 5 years we’ve worked on funding applications with hundreds of councils around Australia and have developed successful applications worth over $100m. From these hundreds of applications we’ve kept a keen eye on the lessons, the do’s and do nots, the patterns, and everything in between. We’ve collated our tips into a report that you can download for free today.

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!

ANOTHER LED Street Lighting Project Wins Major Local Government Award

Yet more LED Street Lighting projects winning prestigious awards! This time the Light Years Ahead project in the Western Sydney region has won a NSW Local Government Environment Award. Light Years Ahead saw 13,000 high emission mercury vapour street lights replaced with low emission LEDs. The project has delivered major savings for the nine participant councils, with an estimated savings in energy costs of around $21 million and 74,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over 20 years. Ironbark Sustainability were involved in the design, preparation and oversight of this project and it was an absolute pleasure to work with such a passionate and hard-working team. Congratulations to the crew at WSROC and also Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith! 

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!).

Pearls of Wisdom from the Building Optimisation Webinar 

Building Management Systems (BMS) present both a challenge and opportunity for reducing energy use in council buildings. The opportunities are enormous and when approached the right way, the challenges can be overcome! Ironbark held a Building Optimisation Webinar in July 2016, with panelists from 3 councils and Ironbark Sustainability. The presentation and related information is now available.

South Australian Public Lighting Report 

Throughout Australia local governments are installing LED street lights in their hundreds of thousands. However, South Australian councils are yet to be given the opportunity to jump on board this revolution. Until now. The South Australian Public Lighting Forum held at the City of Charles Sturt in mid-2016 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. Australia’s foremost public lighting experts presented with representatives from SA councils and the Local Government Association of South Australia. Click here to download the Report from the Forum.

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23 June

As councils vow to meet Paris commitments the debate about true costs of 100% #renewables heats up #localgov

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19 June

Nice work @bundabergrc becoming the #solar #capital & modernizing the region in the face of #climate #change

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15 June

Research from @RMIT shows “solar paint” could see buildings transformed into hydrogen-producing powerhouses.

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15 June

Obikes - dockless share bikes - have arrived in #Melbourne. We'll be testing them out tomorrow. Have you had a ride…

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Collingwood VIC 3066

1300 288 262