Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Byron Shire Council's climate and sustainability commitments

Byron Shire Council is part of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest network of councils leading the way to a sustainable future

  • Traditional Owners Arakwal, Minjungbal and Widjabul People
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 36,217

Our journey

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.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Create a revolving green energy fund to finance renewable energy projects.
Work Together and Influence
Set up meetings and attend events to work with other cities on tackling climate change.
Support local community energy groups with their community energy initiatives.

In the news

Media Release

Enough is enough: Flood affected mayors and councillors call for more support

24 Mar 2022
Thirty-one mayors and councillors from some of the most flood damaged regions have called on the government to do more to protect communities.
Media Release

Mayors and councillors stand together in climate call

04 Mar 2021
Seventeen mayors and councillors have called on the government to recognise the spiralling costs to communities from climate-fuelled extreme weather.
Media Release

Mayors commit to clean, local jobs

20 Oct 2020
Over forty mayors and councillors have released a joint statement committing to economic recovery solutions that create jobs and tackle climate change.

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