Cairns Regional Council

Is a Power Partner

50% GHG reduction target

2.8Mw Solar

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

Council has chosen the following pledges

Sustainable Transport

Support cycling through provision of adequate cycle lanes, bike parking and end-of-ride facilities.

Sustainable Transport

Ensure that new developments are designed to maximize public and active transport use, and support electric vehicle uptake.

Sustainable Transport

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


Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Energy Efficiency

Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.

Cairns Regional Council

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

As a tropical city with some of the world’s most recognised natural wonders at its doorstep, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, Cairns Regional Council has long taken climate stewardship in its stride. We’ve has a 50 % greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 20/21 in place since 2010. Our progress has been assisted by investment in over 1MW of rooftop solar PV, landfill gas flaring, LED street lighting upgrades, fleet optimisation and energy management efforts in our facilities and water, sewerage operations.  We have encouraged sustainability in the community with grant funding and our annual flagship sustainability festival – the Cairns Ecofiesta, attracting an estimated 13,000 attendees. Recently we have sought feedback from the community on responding to a changing climate by holding a youth climate summit and specifically on adapting to coastal hazards. 

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 the savings from rooftop solar PV, with the installation of an additional 1.8MW of ground mount solar at our wastewater treatment plants. We are developing a renewed climate action plan that addresses emerging challenges and are investigating new targets for 2030 that make the most renewable energy opportunities. We’ll be seeking input from the community on this and continuing to cultivate sustainability with vibrant events, education, grant funding and by expanding our cycling network. 

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

Cairns Regional Council is delighted to join with local governments across Australia in the Cities Power Partnership. We look forward to the knowledge sharing it facilitates which will assist further in lowering emissions in our operations and region.