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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.

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The last few years have been exciting times for street lighting in South Australia, with rising energy prices and extensive public discussion around alternative ownership and maintenance models. In the last few months alone, many councils have made the decision to install energy efficient LEDs, with some projects already beginning and many more to start in the 2017-2018 financial year.


This forum, requested by many councils, will bring you up to speed on everything street lighting in SA....

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The common cries from staff, in certain council administration buildings, that drive facility managers to distraction are “it’s too hot” or “it’s too cold”! Cries that can even occur in the same place at the same time. And lighting issues (under-lighting and glare) can also be a bane.


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...

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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.

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Street lighting has always been big news in South Australia, especially over the last few years with mainstream media jumping into the fray and discussions around alternative ownership and maintenance models reaching fever pitch. This has all happened in the broader national context where 103 Australian councils have now completed an LED street lighting changeover, representing over 370,000 lights. Come along to our free council webinar on Thursday 15th June at 2pm (ACST) and hear the latest...

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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 a hundreds of councils around Australia and have developed successful applications worth over $100m. From these hundreds of applications we’ve...

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Ironbark held a webinar in March 2017 to discuss the current issues and potential solutions in planning for Victoria's future energy use. A video of this webinar is now available.

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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...

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Having developed numerous GPC-compliant inventories for councils over the last 12 months, Ironbark Sustainability have identified and sourced relevant data for inventories that can be applied to any Australian council. We have also had two of our senior staff certified last month as GPC greenhouse gas emissions inventory specialists through the World Bank’s City Climate Planner Certificate Program. We’re now offering Australian councils GPC-compliant community data packages that includes a...

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Now that President-elect Trump has the keys to the White House, governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world are all wondering what impact this will have on their lives. The litany of disgraceful conduct and beliefs from the soon-to-be President are well known but in this article we analyse what impact the change in political direction from Washington will have on Australian local government sustainability projects.

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In early February 2017, Australian local government passed a tremendous milestone with the number of councils that have completed an energy efficient street lighting changeover passing the century mark. There have now been over 368,000 street lights already changed over in Australia to energy efficient alternatives like LED, representing around 16% of all lights and 23% of all residential (or local) roads. While there's still a long way to go, this dwarfs what's happening around the world with...

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