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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.

ANOTHER LED Street Lighting Project up for a Major Local Government Award

Yet more LED Street Lighting projects up for prestigious awards. This time the Light Years Ahead project in the Western Sydney region is a finalist for the NSW Local Government Environment Awards. 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. Best of luck 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.

The Sustainable Council Buildings Self Assessment Tool

By now councils are well into planning what’s on the cards for the 2016/17 financial year. But how do you test that you’re investing your energies in the right places? Ironbark have developed a tool for councils to take stock of how sustainable their building practices are compared to best performing councils. Complete the free online Self-Assessment Tool (30 minutes) to get a high-level status report on your council building achievements to prioritise actions and highlight where additional work is required. Achieving best practice sustainability outcomes in council buildings can be challenging. There’s a lot to stay on top of to ensure new buildings, renovations and upgrades and maintenance regimes are sustainable. Give this Sustainable Council Buildings Self-Assessment Tool a go to see how you rate and where your gaps are. It’s free and easy to use.

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.

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!

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"...!

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25. Oct 2016

The @CityofAdelaide planning an extra 40 #electric #vehicle charging stations throughout the city!…

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24. Oct 2016

Great start to the #NAGA #EAGA Future Energy Planning Forum! Dozens of councils and utilities around the table…

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18. Oct 2016

Continuing a decade's worth of #climate #leadership, @NewcastleCC plans 5MW solar farm & 30% #renewable

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