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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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In case you've been hiding in a cave, over 100 Australian councils have now changed over their street lights to energy efficient street lights such as LED, and we are have now hit the magical half-a-million mark. Councils around Australia are now undertaking some fascinating smart lighting pilots and ready to start sharing the results. To assist with realising the benefits of smart lighting the National Smart Lighting Pilots program has kicked off. Get on board!

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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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After the first ERF auction in April 2015 it was clear that opportunities for councils are extremely limited. However, with the second auction taking place in early November 2015 and possibly a third in early 2016, changes may be a foot. Will councils be able to participate in future auctions? What types of projects could be eligible - such as buildings, street lighting and landfill gas projects? What are the best opportunities for councils? How should a council bid? What will be the impact of...

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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.

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Ironbark was delighted to be at the launch of the Light Years Ahead LED street lighting project on Friday 22nd May – a project that will bring together 9 councils in Western Sydney to changeover 13,000 old inefficient street lights to modern and efficient LEDs. The project is a first for NSW as it's the first time councils have worked together to plan for and implemented an accelerated LED project or "bulk changeover" of lights. Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills,...

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Results from over 1,000 Sustainable Small Facilities (SSF) assessments undertaken by 17 Australian councils have enabled Ironbark to make estimates of the current energy and water performance and potential benefits for the average council across different facility types. Data reveals that the average council facility can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53% and water by 43% and can improve the sustainability rating from 2 Stars (fair) to 4 Stars (very good). This article outlines results in...

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Throughout Australia there is somewhat of an energy efficiency revolution occurring with local governments installing energy efficient street lighting such as LEDs to replace old inefficient and expensive technology. Lights are now being changed over in their hundreds of thousands and in this special council webinar we’ll look at how the barriers have fallen and what you need to do to get street lighting projects delivered. We’ll be hearing from council staff who have delivered and completed...

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Energy efficiency and renewable energy policies at Federal and State levels have constantly been in the news over the last 12 months, but not so much on how these changes affect councils. Australian councils could well be excused for a feeling of apprehension around the future of mechanisms that support energy efficiency and renewable energy at a local level. However history tells a different story, and it has actually been in the more challenging policy settings where local government has come...

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Interested in lighting design? Energy efficient street lighting and outdoor lighting applications? Lighting standards, certification and regulations impacting the Australian market? The future of LED’s, smart lighting controls and solar lighting? International lighting replacement programs? Then come along to the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2014, the premier platform for lighting industry stakeholders to discuss strategies to improve energy efficiency, new technology, project opportunities...

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Victorian councils and communities have benefitted greatly from the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), which commenced in 2009 and was legislated to continue until 2030. Over the last 12 months councils have advocated for the scheme to be strengthened and the scope broadened. However in May 2014 VEET was dumped by the State Government and along with it the opportunity for tens of millions of dollars of funding for council energy efficiency projects over the next decade.

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