Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy - Progress within the City

Council’s actions in reducing emissions have been guided by the Greenhouse Response 2008-2011.

A summary of actions implemented from the Greenhouse Response include:

Council actions


  • Energy efficiency upgrades at key sites – upgrades to lighting systems and heating and cooling systems have been a major focus

  • Renewable energy systems totalling 160kW have been installed on Council buildings. The new Boorai Centre in Ocean Grove includes an 80kW solar system

  • Council adopted a Sustainable Buildings Policy in 2012: the design and construction of the new 5 star Green Star rated Geelong Library & Heritage Centre was guided by the policy.

Street lighting

  • Installation of an integrated smart lighting system in Ocean Grove connecting LED public lighting to WiFI and smart phone applications

  • Energy efficient T5 street lighting trial in Clifton Springs.

  • LED lighting upgrades have been undertaken in car parks, reserves, pathways and shopping villages across the City.


  • Introduction of heavy and light hybrid vehicles to the fleet.

Community actions

  • Certification of One Planet Living Geelong – a sustainability framework for Council and community sustainability initiatives including greenhouse emissions

  • [email protected] is a City of Greater Geelong program to assist residents reduce their energy and water bills through a series of annual community information sessions.

    111,085 Watts of solar PV has been installed as part of the program

  • Sustainable House Day – Council supports Geelong Sustainability who coordinate the event

  • The Greenway Project - starting in 2014, Council committed to planting over 60,000 trees and 20,000 shrubs and grasses by 2018. Nearly 60,000 trees have been planted and are naturally absorbing carbon from the atmosphere

  • The Low Carbon Growth Plan for Greater Geelong (updated in 2015). The Plan focuses on the Greater Geelong community including residential sector, commercial and industrial businesses. The Plan presents a range of carbon emissions reduction opportunities, many achievable with a positive return on investment. The buildings sector including residential solar represented the greatest potential to reduce annual emissions

  • CleanTech Innovations Geelong aims to establish Geelong as a Centre of Excellence for Clean Technology by attracting investment, creating jobs and building skills in the Geelong region

  • Future Proofing Geelong – a partnership program that has assisted industry and business to access project funding. Projects and initiatives delivered as part of the program include: Smarter Homes Smarter Living Program; Armstrong Creek Sustainable House; CitySwitch program; Geelong Sustainable Living Festival; and Geelong Better Blocks

  • The Heatwaves and Sustainability Project – a partnership between the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast Shire and Kildonan Uniting Care. The program has an aim to assist vulnerable community members to reduce living costs and the impacts of heatwaves. The program has delivered staff training to Community Care Workers, community education sessions and free in-home visits.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 26 May 2021