Brighton Council stepping up to climate change

As part of the Brighton Council’s commitment to tackle climate change, General Manager James Dryburgh recently presented at the 2022 LGAT Climate Change Conference, detailing the Council’s climate change action plan.

Over the last 10 years the Council has undertaken 15 greenhouse gas emission reduction measures, focusing on energy efficiency improvements in heating and lighting, renewable energy such as solar generation installations, and organic waste management strategies. These measures have saved an estimated $1.7M dollars from an initial investment of $720,000.

Three council owned solar systems have generated 375,000 units of electricity, and as of 2021, 1,740 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are being avoided each year. Since the introduction of FOGO waste services to the Brighton municipality in 2021, an estimated 1000 tonnes of organic waste have been diverted away from landfill, and now saving 1560 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Buildings, parks, and sporting grounds have had solar panels installed, their lights upgraded to LED’s, and heating switched to more energy efficient options. Over 1000 street lights have been switched to LEDs, reducing electricity use and saving over $100,000 a year.

In 2021/22 the Council received a $150,000 grant to upgrade and repair overland stormwater pathways, redirecting them away from homes and reducing flood risk, and a $55,000 grant to identify risks, quantify mitigation costs and engage with the community for the Brighton Derwent River Foreshore Coastal Hazards Project.