Byron Shire

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zero net emissions goal

In joining Cities Power Partnership we look forward to learning and implementing new technology and collaborative process to build upon our solar power initiatives, virtual net metering, building retrofits, electric vehicles, waste management and water recycling

Mayor Simon Richardson

Byron Shire has set a goal to become Australia’s first Zero Emissions community over the next ten years. The new goal came about following the offer of support from Beyond Zero which allows our shire to have access to unprecedented research and specialist resources and apply them in a local context.

Our zero emissions outcomes build on our adopted Byron Shire Low Carbon Strategy, widening it to include the whole community rather than just Council’s own operations.  We are actively talking with the agricultural industry, building, energy, waste, transport and businesses to support their efforts in reducing reliance on coal-fired energy.

To achieve this ambition for 100% zero net emissions across the shire, Council is exploring various energy generation opportunities and soon will complete our Biomass Prospectus which will direct us on how best to utilise our shire’s biomass for energy generation. Plus we are exploring reactivating Australia’s first hydro system which provided 100% hydro power to the town of Mullumbimby 100 years ago, and will soon consider implementing a project for a site identified and trialled as part of ARENA’s recently completed project: Facilitating Local Network Charges and Virtual Net Metering.

Being a relatively small community, a key Byron Shire strength is the residents’ commitment to sustainable living and the high value it places on land management.  It is community that does not chase the corporate dollar, but looks for collective outcomes that support social and environmental

Mayor Simon Richardson

Media Coverage

Byron fighting Australia’s rising emissions,  Byron Shire News.

Australian councils at cutting edge of climate change policy. Architecture and Design.

Byron takes climate pledge. Byron Shire Echo.

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Byron Shire Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

Implement an education and behavior change program to influence the behavior of council officers, local residents and businesses within the municipality to drive the shift to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.

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

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.

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).

Opening up unused council managed land for renewable energy, for example land fills, and road reserves.

Support community energy projects (with location and planning support) so that residents (such as renters) can band together and invest in community renewable energy projects.

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

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