News Article

Meet the Finalists - Totally Renewable Phillip Island

   Thursday 19th November, 2020

Totally Renewable Phillip Island (TRPI) are a ‘collective of individuals’ that have committed to the vision of ‘ZERO EMISSIONS BY 2030.’

TRPI was unanimously agreed to form after a Community Energy public forum was held in June 2018 by the Energy Innovation Co-operative. The momentum and enthusiasm from the public meeting were capitalised with three subsequent workshops to plan strategies to progress the group.

The positive and well attended workshops created a framework that identified six focus areas which each address a different aspect of environmental sustainability, they include:

  • Education: Strong community engagement, development & education focussed on sustainability and building partnerships (school’s program)
  • Energy: Coordinated roll out reduction of renewables, meet community energy needs with grid stability
  • Transport: Increase active transport, investigate community transport emissions, trial reduction methods
  • Food & Waste: Community education to increase recycling and re-use
  • Carbon Farming: Investigate carbon legacy, sequestration, inset emissions, farming trial
  • Carbon Accounting: Understand total Island energy use & emissions, enable measurable reduction

From the overarching focus groups above, it’s obvious that sustainability and the climate emergency we are facing are what drive Totally Renewable Phillip Island.

As a cohesive group, they are driving change through strong engagement and education with the island community, key strategic partners and specific groups such as local farmers.

TRPI are collaborators in every sense of the word and are finalists in the Excellence in Collaborative Partnerships Award, sponsored by TAFE Gippsland.

It’s been noted by the judges of the Excellence in Agribusiness Awards that since 2018, they have joined forces with 13 other local member organisation who share their sustainability vision.

The community groups, all with similar environmental goals, decided to work together and focus all their energies on a singular vision and agreed projects which is proving successful. This ensures environmental sustainability remains front and centre on Phillip Island.

TRPI have found that working in collaborative ways amplifies the outcomes, increases goals, broadens networks, provides trust and has the greatest impact in achieving results.

The energy and enthusiasm of their member organisations and community fuels their drive to reach their vision and they have been well received by the local community.

Not only are TRPI working towards a fabulous goal of zero emissions by 2030, but in doing so they are building a fabulous sense of community. They are breaking down the walls between community, industry and farmers and forming worthwhile relationships that are the backbone of this viable region.