Yarra's first Climate Emergency Plan
- 'Get off gas’ by transitioning all of Council’s buildings to electric, powered by 100% renewable energy, by 2030
- Transition all Council’s fleet to electric vehicles powered by renewable energy by 2025
- Speed up the roll out of cycling infrastructure by trialling temporary bike lanes to inform permanent upgrades
- Create climate adapted green spaces by harvesting more stormwater to irrigate our parks
- Introduce zero carbon standards for new commercial and residential developments, working with other government partners to amend the planning scheme
- Enable our community to cut their carbon emissions and collectively push for the urgent climate action we need
- Help residents and businesses take up renewable energy and facilitate solar installations
- Advocate for urgent climate action by other levels of government, including strong renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction targets, along with policy and economic measures that both enable recovery from the pandemic and drive emissions reductions.
Powered by 100% renewable energy
Our track record in cutting carbon emissions
Getting off gas: Transitioning our operations away from using gas
All of our electricity needs have been met by 100% renewable electricity since 2019, so to further reduce emissions from Council’s operations we are transitioning our buildings to be all-electric with no use of gas.
Read more here about our work to transition away from using gas.
A certified carbon neutral organisation
Recognition of our sustainability leadership
- 2017 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Award - Local Government Climate Action Award - Embedding Climate Adaptation in Local Government.
- 2016 Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable City of the Year
- 2016 Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award - Community Action and Wellbeing category
Our partners and alliances
- The Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) is an independent, Council-funded organisation working towards a zero-carbon future in the City of Yarra. Established by Yarra Council in 2010, YEF delivers energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to support households, schools, community groups and businesses to move towards a zero-carbon city.
- Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA): a partnership between nine local governments in Melbourne’s north that delivers carbon reduction programs and advocacy across municipal borders.
- Cities Power Partnership (CPP): Australia’s largest local government climate network, with participants sharing information and building connections in order to accelerate local action.
- Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy: the world’s largest global alliance for city climate leadership, with over 10,000 participants promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat the climate emergency and move to a low emissions, resilient society.