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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 Smart Lighting Program Mark II will again offer councils the opportunity to purchase LEDs directly from a standing panel of lighting suppliers whose LEDs have been approved for use, but there's also some big new additions, including an installation contractor panel; the addition of other states; more lights to choose from; smart lighting and smart cities services; and support for smart lighting projects from start to finish. Here we have all of your smart lighting questions answered!

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In early 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 462,000 street lights already changed over in Australia to energy efficient alternatives like LED, representing around 18% of all lights and 26% of all residential (or local) roads. While there's still a long way to go, this dwarfs what's happening around the world with only 1% of...

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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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If you haven’t already got your tickets, the Energy Efficiency in Local Government Conference in Sydney next month (16th-17th September) is a beauty, with the range of speakers from leading councils trumping other conferences from the last few years. There are presentations from all of the leading councils with Yarra, Moreland, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney City Councils all attending to discuss the most innovative projects and programs that Australian local government has to offer. Check out...

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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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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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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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The 2014 Government Sustainability Conference is coming up very soon and is being held in Sydney for the first time in many years. This year's conference is on the 12th and 13th August. A brochure has been released with the speaking program and there’s a stellar line-up as always. Here we look at some of the highlights.

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Ironbark have been working with 35 of the 39 Victorian councils who were successful in applying for street lighting funding through round two of CEEP. The installation of the new energy efficient lights has begun and councils have started saving on electricity and maintenance costs as well as greenhouse emissions. So when the Federal Budget was handed down a few weeks ago a few councils had an eye on potential future projects and also the impact on currently funded projects. Here’s the wrap.

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There has been a lot written about the Federal Government’s Direct Action policy, but we’ve found less about the impacts and opportunities for councils. Here we analyse the ERF from a council point of view and summarise the main themes that the Environment Minister Greg Hunt has been conveying, most recently at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Environment Conference in May 2014. In our reading it seems to get down to three key words: Aggregation, aggregation and aggregation.

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