Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Elected 2008

Case Studies

Through 1200 Buildings, the City of Melbourne aims to increase the energy efficiency of two thirds of the municipality’s commercial buildings by 38% by 2020. This programme helps owners assess their building’s environmental performance, and recommends energy and water efficiency improvements and provides innovative financing solutions and incentives for retrofits. It is expected to deliver reductions of 383,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, supporting the City’s Zero Net Emissions by 2020 strategy.

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Melbourne's Growing Green Guide

January 16, 2015 Melbourne

The Growing Green Guide was released in February 2014 to promote green surfaces and provide technical advice on how to design, build and manage green roofs, walls and facades so they can provide multiple long-term benefits for building owners and the wider community. The Guide has been developed as a first policy response for Melbourne, which is facing a doubling of population over the next 30 years, increased urban heat island from climate change, and is therefore highly at risk from heat-related deaths into the future. 

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In Focus City Reports: Melbourne

June 4, 2014 Melbourne

The In Focus city reports provide valuable insight into the efforts of the world's leading cities to become more sustainable. This report has been developed with C40's official reporting partner, CDP Cities, and AECOM, using data submitted through CDP's reporting platform. It conveys information about how Melbourne perceives its climate risk, measures key climate change-related data, and manages climate action.

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The Victoria Harbour project, in Melbourne, Australia is a participant in the Climate Positive Development Program. This case study explores the process and lessons learned from the Victoria Harbour project as they pursued their Climate Positive (net-carbon negative) vision by implementing a district energy solution using trigeneration technology that provides low carbon heating, cooling and electricity on site.

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1200 Buildings Program

June 15, 2012 Melbourne

The City of Melbourne’s 1200 Buildings Program was launched in 2010 and aims to improve the energy and water efficiency of commercial buildings. This project is expected to eliminate 383,000 tonnes of CO2-e per annum, drive $2 billion of private sector reinvestment, and create 8,000 ‘green collar’ jobs – all results that will help to stimulate Melbourne’s economy during the global recession.

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The City of Melbourne is generating 252,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year from what is the largest urban solar installation of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Housed on the roof of the historic Queen Victoria Market, the system has cut CO2 emissions by 1,314 tons since it was installed in 2003, and is providing enough energy to power 46 homes a year. The installation showcases the benefits of renewable energies to the public and tourists with a real time display on-site of kWh generated and CO2 emissions saved. Importantly, it demonstrates that solar can be applied to historic buildings and dead urban spaces such as rooftops.

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Melbourne Council House 2 (CH2) is a multi-award winning and inspirational building that has reduced CO2 emissions by 87%, electricity consumption by 82%, gas by 87% and water by 72%. The building purges stale air at night and pulls in 100% fresh air during the day. The building exterior moves with the sun to reflect and collect heat, and turns sewage into usable water. The building has improved staff effectiveness by 4.9% and will pay for its sustainable features in a little over a decade.

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