Byron Shire

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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:

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

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

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.

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.

Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

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

Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.

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.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approvals processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

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