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Ironbark Sustainability is a specialist local government consultancy that works with councils and key local government stakeholders around Australia by assisting them to reduce energy and water usage through sustainable asset and data management and on-the-ground implementation. Over the last decade, we have assisted over 250 Australian councils with the implementation of sustainable asset management projects.

Our mission is to achieve real action on sustainability for councils and their communities.

Check out the hundreds of resources we've developed for councils, sign up to our newsletter so you don't miss the latest project or funding news, or contact us to discuss anything related to local government and sustainability. 

The Other Shoe Will Not Drop: What the 2019 Federal Election Means for Local Government Action on Climate Change

The largest and most successful council climate change program in Australian history ran through the years of the Howard Government at a time when Australia’s Chief Scientist, Robin Batterham, was also Chief Technologist at Rio Tinto. Think we’ve got it hard in 2019? Imagine if Alan Finkel was also Head of Coal Propaganda at Hancock Prospecting.

Councils are always open for business on collaborative approaches and funding with other levels of government. So as a sector we'll hope for the best from Canberra and keep advocating for stronger climate action. However if you’re holding on for Federal support or a signal or funding for local climate action then stop! It’s not going to happen. Please don’t wait for the other shoe to drop. The penny must instead.

New ICLEI and CDP Emissions Reporting Tool: Free Plain English FAQ Document

Climate reporting is about to get simpler as ICLEI and CDP have launched their new unified reporting system. From now on, data reported through this unified system is aligned with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy’s (GCoM) new Common Reporting Framework. This single reporting framework for councils makes it easier to commit to the GCoM and to participate in other activities and initiatives that supports local governments in working to limit global warming to 1.5 °C in line with the Paris Agreement. Ironbark have developed a plain English FAQ document for Australian councils where we’ve complied answers to questions we’ve had from councils. It's based on our experience working on developing community emissions profiles with 93 councils around Australia in the last 4 years alone. Check out the latest and download now!

PLC versus SAPN LED Tariff: Everything SA Councils Need to Know in Our Independent 3-Page Cheat Sheet

The move to LEDs is inescapable. All mercury vapour lights – which are the overwhelming majority of council lights – will change to LED. Nearly all will be changed over in South Australia by 2024. While there are a lot of red herrings in the detail of the different tariffs being offered to SA councils, at the end of the day it's really just a matter of determining when you make the change to LED and how you're going to pay for it. Our 3-page "PLC versus SAPN LED cheat sheet" explains the key difference between the tariffs. The report is designed for council officers to be able to explain the difference to senior management and make an informed decision and is based on Ironbark's work with the Cities of Burnside, Campbelltown, Charles Sturt, Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham, Mount Barker, Onkaparinga, Port Pirie, Tea Tree Gully, Unley and Victor Harbor (to name a few) as well as hundreds of councils around Australia and negotiation of the LED tariffs with SAPN over the last four years.

Leading the Smart Lighting Revolution: Smart Lighting Program Mark II Now Open

Ironbark are again joining forces with leading local government associations to assist councils with upgrading public lighting to LEDs and smart lighting. Now that many councils have all but completed the upgrade of old inefficient lights to LEDs on minor roads, it’s onto main roads, smarter technology, more market contestability, more council control and an expansion interstate. 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 are also some other big new additions. Everything you need to know is right here including FAQs and the EOI form. And although the program is being led by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGA), we haven't forgotten about councils from SA, NSW, Qld, WA, NT and ACT

Evidence Based Climate Action Planning Webinar

Action. At the end of the day, all the climate modelling, planning, profiles, business cases, targets, carbon budgets all mean nothing if there’s no real on-the-ground action. Council greenhouse inventories are important. As are community emissions profiles and reduction targets. But in themselves they do not reduce a single tonne of emissions. Nearly 100 councils in Australia have completed internationally-recognised community emissions profiles and dozens that have set targets in line with what the science demands. It’s now time to move onto how we can use that information to determine the most effective pathways to action. We’ve got a lot of data at Ironbark and a lot of expertise on local government and climate action. At this special council webinar, we explained how councils can use this data to ensure we are selecting interventions that will give municipalities the best chance of meeting emissions reductions targets.

Minamata Starting to Bite: Change to LED or They’ll be Changed for You

The sun is setting on those old inefficient lights even faster than we thought. The world is phasing out the use of mercury and mercury compounds and there's an international convention - the Minamata Convention on Mercury to make it happen. This means that replacements for those old inefficient mercury vapour lights that councils have installed throughout Australia are becoming increasingly difficult to source and more expensive. This is beginning to bite earlier than expected and we’ve been hearing from DNSPs that there are already challenges in finding good quality and fair-priced products for their standard lamp replacements. What does this mean for councils? Higher tariffs. If a lamp costs more to replace then these costs are passed onto councils. If lamps are of poorer quality and failing more frequently then these costs are passed onto councils. Luckily you probably already know the solution. 

Science-Derived Emissions Reductions Targets for Local Government Webinar: Online Now

Ironbark have worked with Sustainability Victoria to deliver a series of carbon accounting webinars as part of the Local Government Energy Saver (LGES) Program. The webinars - applicable to all councils in Australia - covered greenhouse emissions reporting for corporate and community; greenhouse gas data management and science based targets. The Science-Derived Emissions Reductions Targets is a must for any Council wanting to set or revise greenhouse emission reduction targets. Setting greenhouse gas and energy targets is one way of helping your council to join local or international pledge programs like the Global Covenant of Mayors. The webinar covered:

  • The history of GHG reduction targets
  • The three types of targets (aspirational, science-based and action based)
  • Science derived target methodology
  • Global/national/local carbon budgets
  • Local government case studies exploring the development, endorsement and tracking of current targets.
Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
19 June

#Resilient #Cities Don’t Fear Rainy Days! "If you’re renovating a street, you can incorporate stormwater management solutions at the same time. And slowly, slowly, the city will meet standards needed to manage heavy rains" @iclei_oceania @ICLEI_ResCities

Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
17 June

Local governments will hope for the best from Canberra re stronger #climate #action. However it's fruitless to hold out for funding or support. Councils can't wait for the other shoe to drop. The penny must instead #localgov @iclei_oceania @ALGAcomms

Richard Denniss
Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
11 June

If renewables weren’t getting cheaper would Australia still want to tackle climate change? Even if renewables were expensive wouldn’t we still want to prevent climate change? My column #auspol

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Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
11 June

Great work @iclei_oceania, @UniCanberra and all involved! 🙌🏽

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