Emission Reduction Strategy
We have committed to:
- achieving 100% net zero emissions by 2025 in collaboration with Zero Emissions Byron, and
- sourcing 100% of Council's energy needs through renewable energy within 10 years (2027).
To provide a framework to achieve these targets an Emissions Reduction Strategy is being developed. This strategy will provide details on emission reductions actions to be undertaken to achieve the zero net emissions target.
We are using Council's 2015/16 emissions profile as the baseline to achieve the targets (reported to Council(PDF, 224KB) at the 14 December 2017 meeting).
The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) methodology has been used to monitor and report on Council’s emissions.
Council's past climate leadership
In recognition of the importance local government plays in addressing climate change, Council has been actively implementing emission reduction strategies and reporting on emissions since 2004.
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.
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 retitled as 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.