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Environmental data experience

Ironbark staff have worked with dozens of local governments covering all Australian states to clean up and reconcile data, and to support the development of strategic data management plans.

Local governments have complex asset management requirements covering many diverse asset types, varied occupancy arrangements, and long histories of asset disposals, puchases and construction.  

Ironbark specialises in assisting organisations with these kinds of complex asset management requirements to develop confidence in their systems and processes for managing environmental data.

Utility Meter Audit - City of Boroondara

Before Ironbark helped Boroondara to reconcile its assets with its utility bills, less than 1% of its utility bills could be conclusively matched to its facilities.  It was very difficult to match utility bills with sites and location of meters on sites was a matter of local knowledge.

Ironbark undertook a physical audit of Council's utility meters, and reconciled Council's asset list with its utility bills.  This process increased the relationships between bills and assets from less than 1% to approximately 70%.  The process also enabled Council to identify a clear action plan for dealing with the 30% of accounts that remained uncertain.

This was the first step in an on-going program to improve the quality of Council's environmental data.  

Data Management Strategy - Bayside City Council

Ironbark Sustainability was engaged by Bayside City Council to provide a report with recommendations on how to improve Council’s data management, specifically in regard to sustainability data – greenhouse emissions, energy use, water use and paper consumption.

Ironbark found a significant gap between Bayside City Council’s current data management systems and its requirements and made recommendations that enable Council to report efficiently against its corporate sustainability targets. Staff at Council have not been able to confidently measure the value of sustainability actions or track overall progress towards relevant goals because of insufficient data.

We provided detailed data flow maps and drew on widespread experience and knowledge to provide the best way forward for Bayside’s specific requirements.

The final report provided a clear business case to implement changes that will allow Council to align it’s reporting with national legislation and international frameworks, and track sustainability indicators across assets and departments.

Bayside Environmental Planning Officer, Leanne Stray, said the report was an important piece of work. She said it “delivered on our needs for comprehensive mapping of data inputs, and identification of roles and responsibilities, as well as reporting needs and a recommended way forward. In particular it outlined options and recommendations (people and systems/software) for implementing a data management and reporting system"

Bayside is now in a great position to improve its data management systems, remove inefficiencies, free up some resources and benefit from being able to rely on complete and accurate sustainability information.

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Ironbark Sustainability

Suite 8, 70-80 Wellington Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

1300 288 262