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Sustainability and the Environment

Sustainability and the Environment

Climate and Energy

Climate Change think globally act locally

Climate change is here, and its impacts are already affecting our environment, our society and our economy. While global efforts to tackle climate change are increasing, the science is clear that these efforts are not enough to keep climate change from affecting life on earth in increasingly severe ways. With climate change already impacting our day to day lives, we need stronger action, urgently.

What is Council doing?

While Council is already acting by implementing the 2016 Greater Dandenong Sustainability Strategy, we all need to do much more if we are to do our fair share to limit global warming to 1.5oC, combat climate change and reduce exposure to the unavoidable impacts of a climate change crisis.

Declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Recognising this, Greater Dandenong City Council, in January 2020 joined a growing number of cities around Australia and declared a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’ committing us to emergency action on climate change.

Development of a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

Council is developing a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan to help the City of Greater Dandenong reduce its carbon emissions and prepare itself for the impacts of climate change.

Council to date has:

  • Prepared four background reports to provide the evidence base for climate action

In 2018, Council engaged consultants to help establish a detailed evidence base to help guide the development of the draft Climate Change Strategy and its supporting Action Plan. The four background reports prepared can be found in the following documents:

  • Sought community feedback through an initial round of public consultation


Extensive public consultation with the community was undertaken March – May 2019. Council received 897 survey responses and a further 123 submissions for a total of 1020 responses.

Key findings from the survey responses include:

    • 92% of respondents are worried about climate change
    • 94% of respondents think it is important that Greater Dandenong act
    • 90% of respondents want targets of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050


Further details of the community consultation undertaken and responses provided can be found in the Climate Change Consultation Summary Report.

Draft Greater Dandenong Climate Change Strategy 2020 - 2030

Council has prepared a draft Climate Change Strategy for public exhibition:

Download the draft Greater Dandenong Climate Change Strategy 2020 – 2030  

Next step

Following the public exhibition of the Draft Climate Change Strategy, the feedback received will be used to inform the development of the Final Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for adoption by Council later in 2020.

For further information about the project contact Council by phone on 8571 1000 or email sustainability@cgd.vic.gov.au.

Solar Savers

The City of Greater Dandenong has joined nine other Victorian councils to make solar easy for residents.

The program has expanded to include all householders, from low income earners, single income families, pension card holders, and to home business owners.

Solar Saver logo

About Solar Savers

The Solar Savers Program is a local government initiative led by Eastern Greenhouse Alliance Action (EAGA) and Northern Greenhouse Alliance Action (NAGA). The program aims to help residents reduce their energy bills and future-proof against increasing energy costs. At the same time reducing household carbon footprint.

Following on from the success of the pilot program – Solar Savers has harnessed the learnings and experience to deliver an easy, affordable, quality and trusted program.

How does it work?

Solar Savers makes solar simple by doing the planning for participating households. Here’s how it works:

  • They check that solar is right for the household.
  • They arrange for a quote to be sent to you.
  • Should you choose to proceed, you simply approve the quote and sign the agreement.
  • Their installer guides you through the process from the very beginning until after the until is installed and you are happy with your new Solar PV system.

Who can participate?

  • Own your home
  • Have average to high electricity use (contact Solar Savers if you’re unsure)
  • Do not currently have solar panels at their home

Households who use their appliances during the day are more likely to save with solar.

Such as residents who:

  • Work from home
  • Spend days at home with their new family
  • Care for someone in need

Victorian Government Solar Rebate

Solar Savers participants may also be eligible for the new Victorian Government Solar Rebate. To find out more or register your interest, visit www.solar.vic.gov.au

Application process ends at the end of May 2020.

For mor information contact Solar Savers on 1300 548 598 or email info@solarsavers.org.au

Visit website at www.solarsavers.org.au