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Moreland Council capital expenditure on climate projects and the Neighbourwoods Program

Solar PV installed on Fawkner Library

Perusing the Governance report in the Council agenda for the October 2019 Council meeting there was an item for capital works climate change expenditure of $990,000 but no detail what this expenditure was actually for.
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October 30, 2019 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

Submission to Climate Change Authority – policies necessary to achieve Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement

Climate Action Tracker June 2019 assessment.

Climate Action Moreland prepared the following submission (PDF) to the Climate Change Authority focussing on three sectors: agriculture, energy (electricity) , and transport. These are key areas for Australia to implement climate policy to achieve reduction in emissions to meet Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement. We appreciate the Climate Change Authority collating this information, even though the present conservative government largely ignores the independent advice of this Authority.

Under the Paris Agreement Australia needs to submit a new Nationally Determined Contribution document that outlines all targets and policies to achieve our targets, by early 2020. No backtracking is acceptable (this is written into the agreement as well) This is the ratchet (ambition) mechanism of the Paris Agreement. On current commitments the world is heading for an average temperature rise of between 2.4 degrees to 3.8 degrees Celsius by 2100, as calculated by the Climate Action Tracker website. Australia’s effort is rated as ‘Insufficient’.

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August 27, 2019 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Brunswick MP highlights solar homes program needs urgent restructure

Solar installs in contraction due to poor implementation of Solar Homes Package

Brunswick Greens MP Tim Read has highlighted in state parliament the urgent need for the solar hones program to be restructured.

This is a flagship program by the Labor’s Dan Andrews Government for residential uptake of solar panels and growing renewables in Victoria. But the program is so popular and demand is being capped so that it is driving renewables installation businesses to the wall. The industry and jobs are in contraction.
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August 15, 2019 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

More climate ambition and Stop Adani a clear message from Wills Climate Forum to Mark Butler and Peter Khalil

Wills Climate Forum

Wills Labor MP Peter Khalil finally was able to organise a climate forum for his electorate centred on the City of Moreland, with shadow minister for climate and energy Mark Butler MP attending.

It was clear from the audience questions that although Labor is on the right track with climate policy, many citizens of Moreland think more ambition is needed given the climate crisis and the need for climate emergency planning. This was made clear by the most recent science in the IPCC 1.5C report published in October 2018. Most also want to see a clear statement and commitment to stop the Adani mine, and in fact any new coal or gas projects.
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February 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm 1 comment

Premier refuses to answer question on Victorian coal phaseout plan

Ellen Sandell asking about coal phaseout plan

The Premier Daniel Andrews failed to answer a direct question on Wednesday, the last sitting day this year for state parliament, on a transition plan to close Victoria’s dirty coal plants and stop coal mining and burning in Victoria for good, asked on behalf of School strike for climate kids.

Greens MP Ellen Sandell (Melbourne) asked the Premier, on behalf of all the students striking for climate justice, when he would urgently release his coal transition plan. She also highlighted that the Andrews government has extended the licence for the dirtiest coal station in Australia, Yallourn.

Premier, while your government has done some really good things on renewables, you are suspiciously silent when it comes to coal. My question is: will you hear the call of these brave young people and urgently release a plan to close Victoria’s dirty coal plants and stop coal mining and burning in Victoria for good?

Instead of answering the question, the Premier diverted his answer into the Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030 (The kids are demanding 100 percent by 2030), the lack of Federal leadership and in particular raising the old history in another parliament of Greens senators opposition to the CPRS scheme.
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December 20, 2018 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

Wind to power Moreland Council’s electricity

Turbine blades for MREP Crowlands Wind Farm

Moreland Council is one of 14 organisations who have added their purchasing power together to support the development of a new wind farm to supply renewable energy for these organisations.

The 80MW Crowlands wind farm near Ararat, which will be owned and operated by energy company Pacific Hydro, will feature 39 turbines.

The consortium won the 2018 Premier’s sustainability award in the Government category. The Cooling Communities project was also listed as a finalist in the Environmental Justice category. Winners were announced on Thursday 11 October 2018 in Melbourne.

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October 23, 2018 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

100 global solutions to Global warming: Paul Hawken on Drawdown

Paul Hawken on the long term CO2 trend

Paul Hawken explained the long term CO2 trend and the need for carbon Drawdown at a presentation event at Coburg Town Hall organised by CERES, MEFL and Moreland Council.

Hawken’s book on Drawdown explains the top 100 solutions to global warming and ranks them for their capacity and importance.

Food related solutions were 8 of the top 20 solutions with the need for a plant rich diet ranked as No 4.

Energy solutions were 5 of the top 20 solutions with onshore wind listed at No 2.

The work also shows the importance of programs tackling gender-based education inequalities with Educating girls at No 6 and Family Planning at No 7.
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February 25, 2018 at 11:17 pm Leave a comment

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