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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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Ironbark Sustainability is supporting PhD Research relevant to local government across Australia, and internationally. Close Ironbark friend and local government expert Helen Scott, a PhD Candidate at RMIT University, is looking into monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation in local governments. Many Australian councils have assessed their risk and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, and are implementing climate change adaptation actions to lessen this risk. However,...

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A bit lost with all the local government climate change programs, protocols, trends and information that seem to be out there at the moment? Suffering from a severe case of TMA* over the CCR, CPP, CCP and CCR and responding with a healthy dose of WTF? Well take a seat at our upcoming webinar on Thursday 7th September 2017 from 11:00am-12:00pm AEST where we discuss all you need to know about councils and climate action in 2017 (* Too Many Acronyms).

 

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Throughout 2016 Ironbark have 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...

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The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) have announced that they have abandoned plans to change the structure of street lighting regulation in Victoria. The AER had proposed that street lights on dedicated poles would require a negotiated process between councils and Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs). However this has now been scrapped due to substantial concerns raised by Victorian councils and the potential for unforeseen circumstances that would result in councils being worse-off.

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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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Street lighting contestability has hit the national headlines with an article on page 40 of the Australian Financial Review on Tuesday 12th August investigating the progress of Moreland and Sunshine Coast in their journeys to implement alternative street lighting maintenance programs. It’s a great article by the AFR’s Michael Bleby who clearly did his research and contacted a breadth of experts and the regulator to get their take. Here's where it's at.

 

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Ironbark's NATA accreditation has major implications for councils, lighting suppliers and Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) as we are now essentially a one-stop-shop for energy efficient lighting technology suppliers seeking approval. Ironbark produces NATA-endorsed reports that covers all relevant clauses of AS/NZS 1158.6 and requirements of DNSPs. We've had a few councils ask us how we got to this stage. To find out, we have to head way, way back to 2006, the year twitter was...

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The decision on the type of energy efficient street lighting technology is up to individual councils. You will hear a lot of noise and rumours about the pros and cons of different technologies however the truth is there are pros and cons with every light. There are potential rewards and risks with every light and every lighting technology. We have a developed a free report for councils that provides some background and information for councils that have installed T5s of CFLs, or are considering...

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Councils in Victoria are excited at the news that Moreland City Council have announced their preferred contractor for a Public Lighting Services tender that was released in 2011. Having worked with the team at Moreland for the best part of a decade they continue to push the boundaries and implement innovative approaches to energy efficiency, asset management and sustainability. In another string to their bow, Council signed a contract with a third party to negotiate the bulk replacement, and...

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