February 19, 2020 Environment & Sustainability

Maribyrnong City Council

Maribyrnong is a diverse inner city Melbourne council, administering services to 83,000 local residents with a wide range of commercial and manufacturing industries (idcommunity | demographic resources, 2016). Centred around the Maribyrnong River, the council area covers 31.2 square kilometres and provides a significant number of community services inclusive of the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre, community facilities, child care and parks.

Working with Trellis Technologies

Trellis Technologies has been utilised by the City of Maribyrnong for multiple years, initially selected via a competitive tender for the provision of a software solution to facilitate the City of Maribyrnong’s annual greenhouse gas inventory and the analysis of utility and resource billing information.

Trellis system intercepts, processes and interprets all invoices received by the Council for electricity, natural gas, transport fuel and water accounts. Annually, Maribyrnong City Council receives over 3,300 bills, which Trellis automatically extracts and reads each line item of the bill to allow for in depth analysis of all consumption and associated charges resulting in easy interpretation of over 18,000 valuable data lines for the same period across the approximately 200 facilities.

Trellis – Sustainability Faster

With all utility invoice data loaded directly into Trellis, as received, staff time is spent less on pursuing data and running manual calculations and more on managing their operational costs and footprint.

To further support internal efficiency, Trellis has inbuilt bill analysis, which enables Council to set thresholds for bill approvals. This facilitates quick and easy discovery of sites with unexpected trends in electricity, natural gas or water consumption highlighting emissions savings and/or issues at the facility.

Driving emissions reductions

Using Trellis, Maribyrnong City Council where able to calculate and demonstrate consistent emissions reductions. Emissions reductions for Council is being achieved through a combination of projects inclusive of:

  • Energy efficient T5s and LEDs replaced mercury lights as part of the Community Energy Efficiency funded projects “Lighting the West” and “emPOWERIng Maribyrnong” completed in March 2016.
  • West Footscray Library, Operations Centre and Braybrook Community Centre: installation of 30 kW solar systems.
  • Various other efficiency projects and installations