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2013/14 City of Darwin annual report



2013/14 City of Darwin annual report

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City of Darwin annual report 2013/14


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CITY OF DARWIN Annual Report 2013/14 CITY OF DARWIN Annual Report 2013/14 104 105 Councils major project undertaken during 2013/14 which contributed to the reduction in Councils energy consumption was the installation of a 99.8kW Photovoltaic (Solar Panel) system at Casuarina Library. The system generates around 500kWh of electricity every day, which is around 50% of the librarys daily consumption. Over the twenty year life of the system it is expected to save 2,588 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting 4,167 trees. Due to the amount of electricity that this system generates and other energy efficiencies that have been installed onsite, Council estimates that the Casuarina Library Solar Generated Power Project will have paid itself off within four years. Reduction in Councils Water Consumption During the year, City of Darwin undertook a review of Councils current water use practices in parks, reserves and Councils buildings to identify opportunities to better manage water consumption for council operations. In 2013/14, an action plan outlining short, medium and long term actions for ongoing water efficiency was endorsed. Actions focus on gaining a more accurate understanding of alignment between Council assets and water irrigation practices and asset maintenance. A number of internal and external factors such as operational practices and the monsoonal event experienced in early 2014 have contributed to a 10% reduction in water consumption on the 2012/13 year. Council has committed $200,000 in the 2014/15 financial year to implement year one water efficiency actions which are estimated to provide ongoing savings of around $150,000 per annum. Annual Water Consumption and usage Charges 1,386,656 1,169,447 1,113,144 1,352,318 1,401,092 1,260,080 $1 ,0 70 ,0 00 $1 ,0 91 ,0 00 $1 ,2 60 ,0 00 $1 ,9 83 ,0 00 $2 ,5 88 ,0 00 $1 ,7 13 ,0 00 $ $500,000 $1,000,000 $1,500,000 $2,000,000 $2,500,000 $3,000,000 500,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 2012/13 2013/14 Kl Annual Water Consumption and Usage Charges Water Consumption Kl Water Usage Charges $ sOLAR pANeLs At cAsUARINA LIBRARy Managing Our Waste City of Darwins goal to create an environmentally sustainable city received continued support throughout 2013/14 with upgrades to the Renewable Energy Facility located at Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility, audits of domestic kerbside collections and the annual Council Pre-Cyclone Clean Up. City of Darwin completed its first year of collecting a component of the Australian Governments Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM) which came into effect as of 1 July 2012. The annual Council Pre-Cyclone Clean Up was conducted in September with more than 712 tonnes collected of which 93 tonnes was diverted from landfill. Collections almost doubled from the previous year due to an amended schedule of pickups. Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility Facilities and services located at the Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility include; a recycle shop, recycling facility, transfer station, landfill site and the Renewable Energy Facility. During 2013/14 the Renewable Energy Facility was expanded with the installation of 28 wells as part of stage 3 of the Landfill Management System development. In total, more than 120 strategically located wells and 7,000 metres of piplelines generated around 8,542mW hours of power via the power plant. This is enough electricity to power around 1,200 homes which is equivalent in greenhouse gas emission savings of approximately 9,000 cars or planting 3,900 trees. The Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility services the Darwin area providing safe and environmentally friendly disposal of domestic and commercial waste. The mitigation of greenhouse emissions is an important step in ensuring the disposal of Darwins waste has the lowest possible impact on the environment. LMS Gas Extraction Yearly Comparison 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 M W h Year LMS Gas Extraction Yearly Comparison 8,290 reduction in water consumption 10% sHOAL BAy RecycLINg ceNtRe sHOAL BAy WAste MANAgeMeNt fAcILIty MWh LMS Gas extraction annual average < >

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