Brisbane City Council

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Australia's largest carbon neutral organisation

6 tonnes - CO2 equivalent

Average household carbon emissions from energy, transport and waste by 2031

As a city, we are continuing to build upon our strong sustainability credentials and establish areputation for being clean, green and sustainable. By signing onto and committing to take ongoing action as part of the Cities Power Partnership, we will lead by example and demonstrate to others how we can take real steps to transform the way we source and use energy today, without compromising our economic aspirations for the future.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

In sub-tropical Brisbane, we understand that cities are vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate, many of which will be felt less, if concerted efforts are made to transition to clean energy and reduce carbon emissions. Taking action sooner, rather than later, will enable a well planned transition that meets local needs and manages the associated costs and risks.


What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Brisbane has been a leader in sustainability practices for more than 20 years and has twice been named Australia’s most sustainable city. We have worked hard at improving the performance of our own operations as well as delivering initiatives that support city wide sustainability outcomes.

Council has already completed a number of clean energy and emissions reduction projects across its operations, including:

In addition, we have purchased more than 860,000 megawatt hours of electricity from renewable energy sources since 2003, when we first started purchasing renewable energy to power City Hall. Since 2007, we have also purchased more than one million carbon offsets to negate the emissions associated with our fuel use and air travel.

In 2016, Council achieved carbon neutrality for its operations, becoming the largest carbon neutral organisation in the country.


What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Council is committed to the sustainable development of Brisbane, to provide for the future prosperity of the city and achieve our long term vision for the city to be one of the cleanest and greenest in the world.

Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 outlines how we will work to make Brisbane a global leader in sustainability. The document draws together the many sustainability strategies embedded in multiple plans, programs, divisions and work areas, updates Council’s sustainability commitments and details practical actions to reach our goals under nine themes:

  1. Low Carbon
  2. Clean Air
  3. Green Transport
  4. Waste and Resource Recovery
  5. WaterSmart City
  6. Sustainable CityShape
  7. Urban Forest
  8. Parks
  9. Biodiversity

Some examples of the actions we have committed to implement in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport include:


What Council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

As the largest local government authority in Australia, Council is in a unique position to influence sustainability outcomes not only in Brisbane, but in the region, the state and the nation. The Cities Power Partnership provides a platform to join with like-minded councils around the country, as we work to attain our sustainability goals, share our experiences and seek to influence national policy agendas.

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Brisbane City Council Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Provide incentives (for example rate reductions) for best practice developments such as streamlined planning processes, and support for retrofitting energy efficiency measures for existing buildings.

Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

Providing for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and supporting cyclists through providing parking, and end-of-ride facilities (covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).

Set up meetings and attend events, such as the Community Energy Congress or Cities Power Partnership Summit, where like-minded cities can address common concerns and learn from others’ experience.

Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.

Get city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

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