Cairns Regional Council

Is a Power Partner
Share Tweet
50% GHG reduction target

In place since 2010

$1M investment

1MW Solar PV

“Cairns Regional Council is proactively investing in clean energy and energy efficiency because we are committed to reducing our environmental impact on this beautiful and environmentally significant region. At the same time, we consider this an important tool to drive down our operational costs, so we can better serve our vibrant community and the millions of visitors we greet each year. We are honoured to join towns and cities across Australia who are doing the same through the Cities Power Partnership.”

Mayor Bob Manning

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

As a tropical city on the doorstep to some of the world’s most recognised natural wonders- the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, Cairns Regional Council has long taken environmental stewardship in its stride. With a 50 % greenhouse gas emissions reduction target in place since 2010, the landfill gas flaring and energy efficiency gains in our facilities, vehicle fleet and extensive waste water treatment plants have placed us well on track to meet our target by 2020.

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

Next, we will continue to build on our $1 million dollar investment in 1 megawatt of solar PV and explore other renewable energy options, we will extend our roll out of LED upgrades for Council’s streetlight network and continue to cultivate sustainability in our community through vibrant events, education, seed funding for renewables and a growing cycling network.

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

Cairns Regional Council is delighted to join the Cities Power Partnership and looks forward to the knowledge sharing and inspiration it brings as we join the towns and cities across Australia striving for sustainability.

Media Coverage

Cairns Regional Council Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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

For communities reliant on a local coal industry, local government can support the transition away from fossil fuels, by lobbying for state and federal support for a just transition for workers, families and the community and encouraging local economic development and opportunities based on a low carbon economy.

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.

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.

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.

Consider disincentives for driving high emitting vehicles such as congestion pricing, or a tiered payment system for residential car parking permits where high emitting vehicles pay more.

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.

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).

Join us in congratulating Cairns Regional Council for joining the Cities Power Partnership!

Enter your details below and they'll become part of a petition we'll present to the city.

Don't see your community on the list? Ask them to become a power partner!

Nominate your community