Environment Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 14 July 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 02 9399 0999 or

1300 722 542 (for Sydney metropolitan area)

Fax:02 9319 1510

general.manager@randwick.nsw.gov.au

www.randwick.nsw.gov.au


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Environment Committee

14 July 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 July 2009

 

 

Environment Committee Meeting

 

 

Notice is hereby given that an Environment Committee Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick, on Tuesday, 14 July 2009 at 6:30pm.

 

 

Committee Members:           The Mayor, B Notley-Smith, Andrews, Belleli, Hughes (Deputy Chairperson), Matson (Chairperson), Nash, White & Woodsmith.

 

Quorum:                           Five (5) members.

 

NOTE:    At the extraordinary meeting held on 22 May 2007, the Council resolved that the Environment Committee be constituted as a committee with full delegation to determine matters on the agenda.

 

Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences 

 

Confirmation of the Minutes  

Environment Committee Meeting - 9 June 2009

 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

 

Urgent Business

 

Greening Randwick Reports

Nil

 

Environment Reports

E16/09      Presentation to August Environment Committe

E17/09      Following up the conclusion of Randwick's Sustainable Home Makeover energy and water saving rebates for residents

E18/09      Update on Cities for Climate Protection Program

E19/09      Results of Sydney Water's Water Assessment Program for Randwick Council    

 

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil 

 

Closed Session

Nil

 

 

 

 

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager

 


Environment Committee

14 July 2009

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E16/09

 

 

Subject:                  Presentation to August Environment Committe

Folder No:                   F2004/08350

Author:                   Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability     

 

Introduction

 

This report seeks the support for the Environment Committee to hear a short presentation from representatives of Randwick’s Eco Heroes Club in August.

 

Issues

 

Randwick’s Eco Heroes Club is an initiative of library staff which arose out of the 2008 Summer Reading program. Two groups of children in the 7 to 9 year old age group now meet on a monthly basis to learn about sustainability issues. In conjunction with Council staff and the children’s parents, the club members have planted trees for Schools Tree Day, taken part in composting and worm farm workshops at Council’s Community Nursery, designed their own environmentally friendly city, learnt about reducing their ecological footprint, visited Centennial Park to learn about water conservation and bats and much more.

 

In July, club members are making their own 2 minute video on the local environment. It is proposed that a number of representatives from the Eco Heroes Club attend the Environment Committee to present their short DVD and some of their environmental views for the information of Councillors.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 3:       An informed and engaged community.

Direction 3(c):   A community involved in shaping and enhancing our City.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

This visit and presentation from members of Randwick’s Eco Heroes Club provides an important opportunity for Councillors to hear the views and ideas of young children from the local community.

 

Recommendation

 

That the Committee agrees to the brief presentation of Eco Heroes Club members at the August Committee meeting.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Environment Committee

14 July 2009

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E17/09

 

 

Subject:                  Following up the conclusion of Randwick's Sustainable Home Makeover energy and water saving rebates for residents

Folder No:                   F2008/00578

Author:                   Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability     

 

Introduction

 

This report details a proposal for Council to continue its leadership role in supporting energy and water saving actions for Randwick residents.

 

Issues

 

On 30 June 2009, Randwick concluded it’s Sustainable Home Makeover energy and water saving rebates for residents. Council has provided householder rebates since late 2006 under two separate programs for the installation of a range of measures including rainwater tanks, solar hotwater systems, greywater treatment and energy efficient downlights. A total of 355 rebates have been provided over the two programs at a cost of $260,000.

 

These results are remarkable for a local government organisation and reflect a positive change and interest from the community over the 2 years the rebates have been available. With the rebates ending, a number of submissions have been received proposing that Council continue its rebates on an indefinite or short term basis.

 

One of the main reasons for Council ending its existing householder rebates program has been a change in budget allocation for the rebate program in the new environmental levy. Total energy efficiency programs are budgeted at $84,000 which covers education and incentive programs aimed primarily around special events such as Council’s annual environmental festival, Earth Hour and World Environment Day. For every 100 solar hotwater services receiving rebates the cost to Council has been $50,000, for every 100 rainwater tanks up to $90,000 and for every 100 insulation installations, $30,000. To continue servicing the householder rebates against the environmental levy would leave less levy funding for the other approved levy projects and programs.

 

The Commonwealth rebates provide up to $1,600 rebate for both insulation and solar hotwater while the NSW Government continues to provide up to $1,150 for rainwater tanks, $1,200 for solar hotwater and $300 for insulation. It would seem more cost effective for Council to communicate and facilitate rebate take-up for its residents through these existing rebate programs.

 

It is apparent that Council’s own rebates for residents contributed to the remarkable take-up of energy and water saving measures of Randwick householders up to June 30. However by then, staff were responding to approximately 50 inquiries a day on the range of rebates available, a high number of these relating to the Commonwealth and NSW Government rebate programs.

 

With the new environmental levy and the commencement of the very extensive Commonwealth energy and water saving rebate program it is appropriate that Council’s programs re-focus our efforts to assist householders and other sectors such as businesses and schools achieve further reductions in energy and water consumption. The following areas of activity have been identified as new ways to assist in achieving these outcomes.

 

Overview of new approach

Main task

How to deliver

Proactively communicate and encourage community take-up of the available Commonwealth and NSW Government energy and water saving rebates.

Rebate Roadshows:

Council staff to promote and create opportunities to visit local streets, neighbourhoods and precincts to explain, encourage and facilitate take up of householder energy and water saving rebates.

 

Cost: within existing resources.

Develop and make available to residents contact details of qualified, registered and insured trades people, particularly plumbers and electricians with demonstrated experience in installing these measures into homes and units and who have an understanding of current grant conditions

Contact a ‘tradie’:

As conducted by a number of other Council’s, Randwick would conduct a process to invite suitably qualified and experienced tradesmen to register with Council for communicating to residents. Council’s Public Officer has confirmed this can be achieved with no liability for Council. (This may be extended to suppliers if they can demonstrate installation by qualified, competent and reliable installers)

 

Cost: within existing resources.

Support increased awareness and opportunity for energy and water saving measures across local businesses.

 

Business water and energy audits

Call for expressions of interest for local businesses to receive water and energy audits and follow up plans on actions they can take.

 

Cost: project officer and implementation funding via external grant

Provide financial support for local schools installing rainwater tanks in schools

Rainwater tanks in local schools

Providing up to $2,000 for schools installing their own rainwater tanks (one per school only).

 

Cost: approx $12,000 from environmental levy program

Retain some scope to provide some incentives as part of specific promotional programs or events e.g. World Environment Day and Earth Hour

Looking at the measures which are gaps in the Commonwealth or NSW Govt rebate programs e.g. energy efficient downlights or greywater treatment systems, ‘smart’ meters for homes and units.

 

Cost: approx. $84,000 from environmental levy program.

Seeking large scale external grants to support and extend the above opportunities.

Via agencies advertising external funding opportunities

 

Cost: within existing resources.

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:      A Healthy Environment.      

Direction 10(a):  Council is a leader if fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

Direction 10(e):  A total water cycle management approach including water conservation, re-use and improvements is adopted.

Direction 10(g):  Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The results of Randwick’s Sustainable Home Makeover are remarkable for a local government organisation and demonstrate the strong interest of residents to take up the measures when the rebates are available. With rebates and programs underway from the Commonwealth and NSW Governments the opportunity is for Council staff to promote these rebates to residents and assist them access these rebates at low cost to Council but support continuing initiative to increase energy and water savings across the community.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Environment Committee

14 July 2009

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E18/09

 

 

Subject:                  Update on Cities for Climate Protection Program

Folder No:                   F2005/00324

Author:                   Bronwyn Englaro, Senior Sustainability Officer     

 

Executive summary

 

On 11 June 2009, Council was congratulated by ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, on the successful completion of Milestone 5 of the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Program. The Milestone 5 was awarded to Council at the ICLEI recognition event held at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Canberra on Monday 22 June 2009.

 

The recent Milestone 5 process involved three key elements:

 

i.   Re-inventory of council’s corporate and community Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

ii.    Quantification of GHG emission reduction measures implemented by Council in 2006/2007.

iii.    Completion and approval of a Milestone 5 report, which analyses the results and progress from the implementation of projects and makes recommendations for future greenhouse actions.

 

Background

 

Randwick City Council joined the CCP Program in September 2003 with Milestone 1 of the Program awarded to Council in December 2005, which involved the development of an emissions inventory for both Council and the community.

 

To meet Milestone 2, targets for 2012 were set shortly after, being a 20 percent reduction goal for greenhouse gas emissions from Council (from a baseline level for 1998/99) and for emissions from the community sector (from 1996 being the census period).

 

In April 2007, Council endorsed a Local Greenhouse Action Plan (LAP) for greenhouse gas reduction. This strategic plan outlined the actions and initiatives to be implemented by Council to achieve the reduction goals. This plan and progress towards the target led to achieving Milestone 3 and 4 in 2007.

 

Overall Results

 

Council is proactively implementing a wide range of actions identified in the LAP, with the total corporate abatement achieved by 2007 from all implemented actions equalling 1029.87 tonnes for carbon dioxide equivalent units (CO2-e), and community abatement from all implemented actions equalling 28,441 tonnes CO2-e. This is equivalent to taking 240 cars off the road permanently from Council actions and 6614 cars off the road from community actions. Numerous energy saving measures have been implemented, with the majority of corporate abatement coming about through energy efficiency upgrades at various Council sites including the Depot, Des Renford aquatic centre, Bowen Library and beach facilities. Community abatement was mainly attributed to recycling and reuse programs.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Council is well on the way to meeting the CCP targets for 2012 being a 20% reduction (measured separately for Council and Community). The Milestone 5 report shows increases in Council emissions based on 1998/99 baseline year. However, this was not representative of all Council’s facilities which were fully accounted for in the 1999/2000 data. Thus, while overall corporate emissions increased by 32 per cent, from 9,720 tonnes CO2-e in 1998/1999 to 12,798 tonnes CO2-e in 2006/2007, Council’s Administration centre, Depot, Des Renford Aquatic Centre and Bowen Library were included fully in 1999/2000 and a more accurate comparison of energy consumption was measured for 1999/2000 baseline year.

 

Corporate emissions decreased by 6.5 per cent, from 13,680 tonnes CO2-e in 1999 to 12,798 tonnes CO2-e in 2007. This is an excellent result given that Council services, staffing and population we serve have all increased over the timeframe including the Bowen Library expansion, dedication of Bundock Street Community Centre, expansion of fleet including additional street and beach cleaning vehicles.

 

Community sector emissions have increased by 31 per cent between the baseline and reinventory years, from 1,037,939 tonnes CO2-e in 1996 to 1,356,049 tonnes CO2-e in 2006. These increases can be attributed to changes in population socio economic/affluence characteristics in the local government area over the time period. In addition, greenhouse gas reduction programs based on community awareness are invariably difficult to quantify, however the environment levy will be used to better quantify emission reduction efforts in future programs.

 

Future Actions

 

Through Council’s endorsed Energy Saving Action Plan, Local Action Plan for Greenhouse Gas Reduction, and Council’s internal Energy and Water Working group, Council will continue to implement actions towards Council’s City Plan Outcome 10 of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Such actions include expansion of the photovoltaic system at the depot, further retrofits on the Bundock Street Community Centre, roll out of solar hot water at Council and community facilities, investigation of cogeneration at the Des Renford aquatic centre and the installation of small scale wind turbines at demonstration sites. In addition Council is continuing to administer the Local Government Emission Trading Scheme which is adopting a 5 year emission reduction target through a detailed emission forecasting and abatement evaluation analysis.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:      A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10g:    Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

By achieving Milestone 5 Council has successfully completed the Cities for Climate Protection Program as committed to in Council’ s City Plan. After twelve years of supporting ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) program, the Australian Government has advised that funding ceased at the end of the 2008/2009 financial year. Unfortunately this means ICLEI Oceania will end its CCP milestone support program and projects on 30 June 2009. Nevertheless, ICLEI is continuing to operate a CCP partners program providing information sharing and networking services to senior managers and elected representatives.  Council as a program partner and will be participating in these services.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council receive and note the report and Council’s achievement of the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Milestone 5.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

ICLEI letter of Congratulations

 

 

 

 

 


ICLEI letter of Congratulations

Attachment 1

 

 

 


Environment Committee

14 July 2009

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E19/09

 

 

Subject:                  Results of Sydney Water's Water Assessment Program for Randwick Council

Folder No:                   F2004/06495

Author:                   Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability; Bronwyn Englaro, Senior Sustainability Officer     

 

Introduction

 

To report on the 2009 Water Management Assessment of Randwick Council by Sydney Water.

 

Issues

 

Sydney Water provides a free water management assessment to organisations participating in their Every Drop Counts Business Program.

 

As a member, Council received its last water management assessment in 2006 where our water saving actions where rated 2 out of 5.

 

The results of our 2009 assessment reflect the efforts underway since 2006 and move Council to a 4 star rating out of 5.

 

Council’s total annual water charges, via Sydney Water meters, are currently $358,000. This equates to annual water consumption from Sydney Water meters of approximately 166ML, a 16 percent reduction from Council’s consumption since our last assessment.

 

Over that time, new investment in stormwater harvesting and other water saving projects through Council’s environmental levy program is providing further water savings in the order of 100ML per year.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:      A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10(a):  Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

Direction 10(f):  A total water cycle management approach including water conservation, re-use and quality improvements is adopted.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The results of Sydney Water’s water management assessment of Randwick City Council, confirms the cumulative benefit of projects carried out via the environmental levy program. Staff will use this analysis as a means of adjusting and fine tuning priority projects to continue generating positive water saving results for Council. 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil