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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 Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from mercury and mercury compounds. And guess where there is a lot of mercury? Yep, old street lights. Replacements for those old inefficient mercury vapour lights will become increasingly difficult to source by 2020 meaning councils may end up with very expensive stranded assets on their hands. Check out the simple and sweet 2-minute snapshop from Australia's foremost street...

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For the 2016-2020 period the AER has proposed to change the structure of street lighting regulation in Victoria. In the past, lighting maintenance costs on electricity distribution poles and lighting on dedicated street light poles were all regulated by the AER. From January 2016, it has been proposed that only those street lights on electricity distribution poles will automatically be regulated, as per the regime we’ve known up to now. Street lights on dedicated poles (largely in newer estates...

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The energy efficiency revolution in Australia is continuing full-speed ahead and in early April 2015 the 200,000th energy efficient street light was changed over! As of 29th of April the Australian Energy Efficient Street Lighting Counter stood at an incredible 203,227 lights, representing over 1.36 million tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement. To provide some context to this figure, it's the same as taking 267,442 cars off the road per year or heating and cooling 580,808 Australian homes for a...

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Is your council is currently scoping or planning a public lighting project? Want to know how much funding your council could receive through the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) for energy efficient street lighting projects? Download our free ERF calculator that allows you to plug in some basic information to calculate the amount of funding you may be eligible to receive!

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2014 has finished on a high with councils around Australia following best-practice energy efficiency project examples and installing more LEDs and other energy efficient street lights than ever before. Over the last 6 months alone Ironbark has been project managing dozens of street lighting installations throughout Victoria and has also been engaged by councils and local government bodies in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland to provide advice and...

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Another 12,600 lights being changed over to energy efficient alternatives, this time across 100 communities in regional and rural Victoria who have overcome the old barriers to deliver a massive sustainable street lighting project. The community engagement side of this project is a real highlight as councils have used the support of existing network groups and community organisations to connect with stakeholders and communities across the region. This input also went into the development of each...

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The rollout of the regional Watts Working Better project has seen the Shire of Campaspe in northern Victoria change over 1,833 old mercury vapour lights to energy efficient alternatives. The changeover will result in a large reduction of greenhouse emissions and savings of $2.2 million over 20 years for the northern Victorian shire, which is situated on the Murray River border with NSW. Another council, another 1,833 lights!

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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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Throughout Australia there is somewhat of an energy efficiency revolution occurring with local governments installing energy efficient street lights in their hundreds of thousands. To celebrate this achievement and to congratulate the hard work of local government officers, managers, elected members and local government associations, Ironbark Sustainability has launched the Energy Efficient Street Lighting Counter, an online counter that tracks the number of energy efficient street lights that...

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The three greatest barriers that councils have traditionally faced when seeking to changeover their street lights to more efficient alternatives are costs, expertise and working with external stakeholders. However the traditional barriers that councils faced have been well and truly overcome in many jurisdictions. Here's how - and the tried and tested five-stage process to change your lights.

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