Development and implementation of sustainable solutions

The Greater Geelong community values

  • Economically healthy and environmentally responsible businesses;
  • Clean energy solutions;
  • Attracting renewable energy industries to the region;
  • Easy access to recycling;
  • Innovative approaches and resilience to climate change;
  • The community adopting sustainable practices.

Success will be achieved by

  • Investment in renewable energy industries and research;
  • Plan and deliver a reduction of carbon emissions;
  • Community education about the local impacts of climate change;
  • Assist new and existing business to adapt to clean technology;
  • Identify new best practice standards for water efficiency and management;
  • Moving to a zero-waste community;
  • Encourage economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible business practices.

Two electric vehicle charging stations have been installed on the Geelong waterfront at Western Beach Road, along the Cunningham Pier forecourt precinct.

Latest project

The Community Zero Carbon Action Plan

The City’s goal for a carbon neutral city-region by 2047 was endorsed in September 2018. The Community Zero Carbon Action Plan follows the creation of a target to reduce the City’s operational emissions by 50 per cent by 2020, based on 2014–15 levels.

The plan contains five flagship actions that have the potential to make a substantial impact. These include:

  • moving to LEDs for Council run street lighting, which will provide an estimated 52 per cent reduction in energy use
  • supporting pensioner households to install solar on their homes with no upfront cost
  • bringing neighbours together to explore sustainability initiatives they can implement in their homes and local area
  • investigating and testing models for redesigning a local energy system to rapidly embrace decarbonisation.

The City is also reducing its own operational emissions and by September 2018, nearly 800 kilowatts of solar had been installed on City buildings. This was equivalent to the power consumption of 179 households.

Tracking progress towards carbon neutrality will be an important part of the program and to help with this, the City is developing a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions profile for the Geelong region.

Read more about the Community Zero Carbon Action Plan.

Measures of success

Indicator Current data

Urban development – 50% of new housing construction to be conducted within existing urban areas.

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Annually

27.0% (2017)

37.8% (2016)

There has been a significant increase in the total annual dwelling production. Greenfield development is most able to respond to spikes in demand for new dwellings.

Waste management – Performing better than the Victorian average in solid and green waste diverted from landfill.

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Annually

Greater Geelong – 54.75% (2017–18)

State average – 44.69% (2017–18)

Carbon emissions – Greater Geelong being a carbon neutral city-region.

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Every four years
To support the Community Zero Carbon Action Plan, a community emissions profile will be developed for the Greater Geelong city-region and is expected to be released by mid-2019.

Water use – 20% of all water provided to the municipality is recycled water.

Source: Barwon Water. Frequency of data: Annually

8.5% (2017–18)

9.4% (2016–17)