Reducing Council's emissions

In recognition of the importance local government plays in addressing climate change, Council has been actively implementing emissions reduction actions and reporting on emissions since 2004.

We have committed to: 

  • Achieving 100% net zero emissions for Council operations by 2025 in collaboration with Zero Emissions Byron.
  • Sourcing 100% of Council's energy needs through renewable energy within 10 years (2027).
  • Becoming certified under the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard by 2025/26.

Current emissions profile

View the most recent emissions inventory report.(PDF, 796KB)

How we will achieve our targets

Net Zero Emissions Strategy

To provide a framework to achieve the above commitments, the Net Zero Emissions Strategy for Council Operations 2025(PDF, 5MB) was adopted on 20 June 2019. The Strategy sets the climate change context and maps out a dynamic, high-level pathway for Council to achieve its aspirational mitigation goals.

Council's 2015/16 emissions profile is being used as the baseline against which to measure progress. The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) methodology is being used to monitor and report on Council's emissions.

Net Zero Emissions Action Plan

The Net Zero Emissions Action Plan for Council Operations 2025(PDF, 5MB) was adopted on 26 November 2020. It sets out actionable steps that staff can follow in order to achieve the high-level goals set out in the Strategy, and is designed to align with Council’s four-year Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan.  Progress updates on the Action Plan will be provided to Council each year as part of the annual emissions inventory.