Moreland City Council acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils, as well as all members of the community.

Moreland’s biggest sources of carbon emissions are energy consumption (68% of total emissions), transport (29%) and waste generation (3%).  Emissions data for Moreland has been estimated by Snapshot.

GAS & ELECTRICITY

TRANSPORT

WASTE GENERATION

Climate change is a threat to Earth’s people, plants and animals. More extreme heatwaves, flash floods and droughts are just some of the impacts already hurting our people and wildlife.

Reducing global carbon emissions to net zero is necessary to prevent uncontrollable and irreversible climate collapse. The science has long stated that we have a rapidly closing window in which to act. We are already seeing impacts on our communities through extreme bushfires, heatwaves, droughts and floods.

The quicker the world can move to net zero carbon, the greater the chance of achieving the goal of preventing temperature rises of more than 1.5°C. Limiting temperatures rises to no more than 1.5°C will still see changes to health, food security and our way of life but is predicted to lessen the impacts on the planet compared with 2°C or more. NASA modelling suggests we are on track for 4-6°C of warming.

What is Zero Carbon Moreland?

Zero Carbon Moreland is a community and council movement to achieve a safe climate for all of Moreland. More and more households, businesses and councils are facing the urgent challenge of responding to the climate emergency, together.

Zero Carbon Moreland was co-created by the Moreland City Council and the Moreland community. This collaboration led to the Zero Carbon Moreland Framework 2040 and the first five years Action Plan.

The strategy aims to engage all members of the Moreland community including residents, businesses, schools, local community groups, as well as Council itself, to take action to transition our community to zero carbon by 2040.

By working together we can create a safe climate and a thriving Moreland.

Our 2040 Vision

Our Zero Carbon Moreland 2040 Framework sets out our Vision for what a zero carbon Moreland might look like.

Efficient and 100% renewably powered energy

  • The buildings we live and work in are highly energy efficient – well insulated and built or retrofitted for comfort
  • Households and businesses generate, store and export renewable electricity locally
  • The national grid is powered by 100% renewable energy
  • Homes and businesses are powered only by electricity, following a supported phase-out of gas
  • Residents and businesses are proactive and engaged energy users and help to manage demand by smart use of electricity and local storage
  • Energy is often generated and traded at a community level, so everyone can access local, renewable energy even if they cannot produce it on their home.

Active and zero emissions transport

  • Most people choose to walk or cycle to get around locally because it’s healthy, free, safe and convenient
  • Moreland is known for its pedestrian and cycle-friendly streetscapes
  • Many residents work, play and access services close to home, in ‘20-minute neighbourhoods’ designed to suit people (rather than cars)
  • Renewable-powered buses, trams and trains provide a quick, reliable and affordable way to travel
  • Use of electric ‘car/ride share’ services complement active travel and public transport options, helping to reduce private vehicle ownership
  • Low rates of private car ownership have seen some car parks converted to green and public open spaces
  • Clean and quiet freight trucks (fuelled by renewable hydrogen or electricity) complement ‘last mile’ freight delivery by bikes, electric scooters and vans.

Circular economy with zero waste

  • Households and food businesses avoid generating food waste (and save money!)
  • A ‘conscious consumer’ mindset is the norm and waste is seen as a resource. Consumption is reduced as the community reduces what it purchases, then re-uses, repurposes, recycles, and buys recycled
  • People enjoy low-carbon diets
  • Local reuse, exchange, share and recycling groups and services are thriving
  • Local businesses prosper by creating or providing sustainable goods and services
  • Many products are made from recycled materials and are easy to recycle in Australia
  • All organic waste is composted or processed to create other useful products (such as mulch, compost, biogas, biochar)