Melbourne is committed to developing its capacity for the delivery of sustainable events and conferences and actively sharing learnings from such events with the tourism sector and broader community.
PERFECT WALKING CITY
Melbourne is set in a compact grid layout, making it very easy to navigate by foot. The City of Melbourne has developed a series of self-guided walks to help delegates explore the city by foot.
RACV MELBOURNE BIKE SHARE SCHEME
Melbourne has introduced a Bike Share Scheme, allowing users to hire one of 600 bikes at the 50 docking stations around the city centre. Bike sharing is a great way to get around the city as an alternative to driving. It's also healthier and more sustainable.
FREE CITY SERVICES
The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne's CBD makes it easier for delegates to move around the city and to and from the Convention Centre. The City Circle Tram (Route 35) travels the perimeter of the CBD, taking in many of Melbourne's landmarks, using iconic W-Class trams offering a historical tram experience.
Car sharing services provide cars on demand, for rent either by the hour or by the day, and no parking hassles when done. Every car share vehicle removes nine privately owned cars off the road and reduces car usage up to 50 per cent. There are over 350 car share vehicles located in the City of Melbourne. The City of Melbourne has agreements with five car share companies to use on-street parking spaces, including Flexicar, GoGet, GreenShareCar, Popcar and RACV Car share. Peer to peer car share companies such as Car Next Door also operate within the City of Melbourne. In July 2015, the City of Melbourne approved a policy that will see 2000 car share spaces installed in the municipality by 2021.
The City of Melbourne TravelSmart map is a handy pocket-sized street map which provides information on tram, train and bus networks as well as walking and cycling routes in central and inner Melbourne. It highlights local sustainable transport options and includes standard Melway references and helpful safety tips.
CoM is committed to becoming a carbon neutral city and creating a bold and sustainable future for Melbourne. Such an ambitious goal can only be achieved through collaboration with key stakeholders across Melbourne, including major event and conference organisers to deliver best practice sustainable events in Melbourne.
CoM's goal is to become an eco-city. With many innovative programs underway, CoM focuses on improving the sustainability of the city's building stock, reducing carbon emissions, protecting our world-renowned parks and gardens and developing ways to capture, store and reuse stormwater within the city.
ZERO NET EMISSIONS BY 2020
Melbourne has one of the most ambitious carbon emission reduction targets of any city in the world. In 2002, CoM set the target of zero net emissions by 2020. This target is for both the Council's operations and for the entire municipality.
This program encourages building owners, managers and facility managers to improve their efficiency and reduce waste. The goal is to retrofit two-thirds of the city's 1800 office buildings with state-of-the-art energy and water technology by 2020.
GREEN ROOFS, WALLS AND FACADES
The CoM's latest tools to adapt our city to climate change include roofs, walls and facades that have soil and vegetation. These help cool hot cities, reduce storm water drainage, provide a layer of soil-like material and plants, and help insulate buildings all year round. Having green roofs, walls and facades enhances our urban landscape, as well as creating social and leisure environments.
URBAN FOREST STRATEGY
Melbourne has a vast tree population comprising 77,000 council-owned trees, worth around AU$730 million. With the mantle of world's most liveable city, trees are a defining part of Melbourne crucial for our parks, gardens, green spaces and tree-lined streets. Amongst other threats, drought, climate change, urban growth, severe water restrictions and an ageing tree stock have driven the city to develop the Urban Forest Strategy. This strategy will enable the city to manage threats and protect the trees and green spaces. A central aim is that canopy cover throughout the city will increase from 22% to 40% by 2040.
The CoM completed a major stormwater harvesting project in June 2012. The system has the capacity to capture an estimated 21 million litres of stormwater each year. This project provides the dual benefits of restricting demand on the city's drinking water supplies and reducing pollution loads into local waterways.