Helping Councils Become More Environmentally Friendly

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for local councils to reduce their carbon footprint by choosing more environmentally friendly suppliers.

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins today announced funding for a group of councils to trial a system that will help council’s choose greener suppliers.

Melbourne City Council received $32,500 to work with Moreland, Port Phillip, and Yarra City Councils to trial a Dutch developed product, C0² Performance Ladder, for use in local government across Victoria.

The group will assess whether the tool, which ranks council suppliers based on their C0² emissions, will help councils reduce their carbon footprint.

The grant is one of five projects funded by the Victorian Government’s third round of Collaborative Council – Sustainability Fund Partnerships program, with another two rounds of grants still open for applications.

The program provides grants of up to $75,000 for councils to work together to develop sustainable projects and initiatives across council boundaries.

For more information visit: www.delwp.vic.gov.au/collaborative-councils

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins

“Congratulations to all the councils involved in this project who will now work together to see if this tool is something we can roll out across Victoria.”

“We want to see more councils working across municipal borders to get the best results for ratepayers and this is a good example of that work in action.”

Quote attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn

“It’s great to see local councils working together to reduce their carbon footprints and make their communities more environmentally friendly.”