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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 Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is the leading international alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society. A new draft common global reporting framework has been released and ICLEI Oceania are seeking feedback and input. Come along to the webinar on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - hear what this all means and have your say in program design!

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Here we go again! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years you’d be aware of the Federal Government’s “smart cities” push, which included a Smart Cities Summit in April 2016, launching Australia's very first Smart Cities Plan, and the first round of funding announced late last year. Round Two of the Program has just been announced and will be open for applications until 2nd July 2018. Over the last 5 years we’ve worked on funding applications with hundreds of councils around...

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Procuring, commissioning and monitoring rooftop solar. Hmmm, not the sexiest topics agreed, but important ones that can avoid ongoing headaches in council-land. And with Harry Fricke of Moonee Valley and Peter Vun of Kur-ring-gai councils imparting not only years of solar experience but also actual tender and maintenance documents, there is nothing to gain but valuable knowledge, even for those who think they are old hat at solar projects. This is guaranteed to save councils time when procuring...

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For councils, leading on solar means making plans in a changing policy landscape, and developing new ways to benefit. The actual panels are now old hat, but what should councils do about battery storage, power purchase agreements, the Renewable Energy Target and National Energy Guarantee, community solar, peer-to-peer trading? Not to mention the other technical and policy nuances out there! Ironbark's webinar discusses the various options in depth with a panel of experts from council and...

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The common cries from staff, in certain council administration buildings, that drive facility managers to distraction are “it’s too hot” or “it’s too cold”! Cries that can even occur in the same place at the same time. And lighting issues (under-lighting and glare) can also be a bane.

 

Managing large buildings is a complex undertaking, and when a building has a combination of energy inefficiency and discomfort issues, it’s hard to know where to start.

Ironbark recently partnered with...

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In July the NSW Government is due to release $500 million as part of their Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan. The draft is currently being finalised and proposes $200m for accelerating advanced energy, $200m for energy efficiency and $100m on preparing for a changing climate.

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Community greenhouse gas data has been the bane of councils throughout Australia over the last decade. While developing a corporate (or internal) inventory is straight-forward enough, data limitations have hampered attempts to create complete community (or municipal-wide) inventories, while the lack of a clear and consistent protocol has frustrated those trying to account for various emission sources. However things have changed. There is now an internationally accepted reporting standard for...

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Having developed numerous GPC-compliant inventories for councils over the last 12 months, Ironbark Sustainability have identified and sourced relevant data for inventories that can be applied to any Australian council. We have also had two of our senior staff certified last month as GPC greenhouse gas emissions inventory specialists through the World Bank’s City Climate Planner Certificate Program. We’re now offering Australian councils GPC-compliant community data packages that includes a...

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Are You Ready for 2016/17? How Do Your Council Buildings Compare to Best Practice? Use Our Free Assessment Tool to Find Out! By now councils are well into planning what’s on the cards for the 2016/17 financial year. But how do you test that you’re investing your energies in the right places? Ironbark have developed a tool for councils to take stock of how sustainable their building practices are compared to best performing councils. Complete the free online Self-Assessment Tool (30 minutes) to...

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Building Management Systems (BMS) present both a challenge and opportunity for reducing energy use in council buildings. The opportunities are enormous and when approached the right way, the challenges can be overcome! Ironbark held a Building Optimisation Webinar in July 2016, with panelists from 3 councils and Ironbark Sustainability. The presentation PowerPoint and related information are now available.

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