Reducing Council's emissions
We have committed to:
- Achieving 100% net zero emissions for Council operations by 2025 in collaboration with Zero Emissions Byron, and
- Sourcing 100% of Council's energy needs through renewable energy within 10 years (2027).
Net Zero Emissions Strategy
To provide a framework to achieve these targets, the Net Zero Emissions Strategy for Council Operations 2025 was adopted on 20 June 2019.
We are using Council's 2015/16 emissions profile as the baseline to achieve the targets. The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) methodology has been used to monitor and report on 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.
Cities for Climate Protection Program
As a member of the Cities for Climate Protection program, Council developed the Greenhouse Action Strategy 2004 to identify ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Byron Shire Low Carbon Strategy 2014
Aware of the shared benefits from reducing reliance on fossil fuels, preparations for peak oil were incorporated into the third version of the Greenhouse Action Strategy 2004 which was renamed the Byron Shire Low Carbon Strategy 2014(PDF, 782KB). The Low Carbon Strategy had a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 30% on 2003/04 baseline levels by 2020.