Achieving Zero Carbon in the Planning Scheme – ESD Policy v2.0

Achieving Zero Carbon within the Planning Scheme - ESD V2.0 aims to improve environmental planning outcomes within the municipality.

What is the project about?

The initiative aims to support Merri-bek City Council’s Zero Carbon 2040 Framework and Action Plan, fostering a zero carbon community by 2040.

Whilst we have an existing Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Policy in the Merri-bek Planning Scheme, the initiative aims to review, investigate and elevate the current requirements and ensure an effective transition for new development applications to support a zero carbon Merri-bek by 2040.

 Solar house

What are we investigating?

Moreland’s ESD Policy v2.0 aims to explore the following areas:

 Better Roofs

  • To address the current shortfall with new development committing to the installation of solar photovoltaic systems and/or address the urban heat island effect.

Zero Waste Infrastructure

  • Improving waste infrastructure to target zero waste to landfill by 2030.

Future proofing buildings for electric charging infrastructure

  • Guidance for the installation of specific electric infrastructure in new development.

The initiative is divided into two stages.  This includes a justification and evidence collection phase, followed by a potential planning scheme amendment.

Fast charge

Future work

Further investigation relating to embedding circular economy principles, waste minimisation and recycling, and the uptake of sustainable materials, as well as, improving urban ecology and green infrastructure requirements are also planned for investigation as part of later stages.

Ensuring Collaboration

We have communicated this initiative to multiple Councils throughout Victoria that have shared their enthusiasm.  Through a collaborative approach, we are working with other Councils to pursue collective ambitions and strategic objectives which holistically involves improving development outcomes via the planning process.


Further Information 

For further information about the project, please contact the Strategic Planning Unit via email: or telephone 03 9240 1147.