Cairns Regional Council

Is a Power Partner

50% GHG reduction target

$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

Partnership action pledges

Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.



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 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.

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