Bundaberg Region’s Net-Zero Emissions Strategy

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Bundaberg Regional Council has committed to introducing a circular economy and achieving a regional net zero carbon target by 2030.

Council is now developing a Net Zero Emissions Strategy, along with a regional assessment of renewable energy opportunities that will aid in the overarching goals of achieving net zero emissions. This builds on the actions of the previous strategy (Sustainable Bundaberg 2030) and will provide a clear pathway towards this target.

Council has engaged sustainability consultant Kinesis to assist with delivering the strategy, which will incorporate pathways to achieve net zero emissions for the Bundaberg region as a whole.

Council’s Commitment

Bundaberg Regional Council recognises the role that it too plays in not only reducing its own emissions, but also encouraging others throughout the region to collectively work toward common goals.

In 2018, Council adopted its Sustainable Bundaberg 2030 Strategy, which provided a plan for transitioning Council towards a more cost effective, resilient and environmentally conscious future.

Council's forthcoming Net Zero Emissions Strategy will include the following objectives:

  1. Facilitate high level stakeholder engagement and incorporate feedback as input into net zero strategic planning.
  2. Establish the Bundaberg region’s baseline emissions profile.
  3. Identify emissions reduction pathways that will assist the region in achieving its target and long-term goals.
  4. Conduct an assessment of renewable energy, supply opportunities, offtake capabilities and potential catalyst projects that may aid in achieving net zero emissions.

Community Engagement

Due to project planning, the community consultation sessions scheduled for 21 and 22 June have been postponed. These sessions will be rescheduled and available on this project page.

Image: Chris Sweetapple Photography

Bundaberg Regional Council has committed to introducing a circular economy and achieving a regional net zero carbon target by 2030.

Council is now developing a Net Zero Emissions Strategy, along with a regional assessment of renewable energy opportunities that will aid in the overarching goals of achieving net zero emissions. This builds on the actions of the previous strategy (Sustainable Bundaberg 2030) and will provide a clear pathway towards this target.

Council has engaged sustainability consultant Kinesis to assist with delivering the strategy, which will incorporate pathways to achieve net zero emissions for the Bundaberg region as a whole.

Council’s Commitment

Bundaberg Regional Council recognises the role that it too plays in not only reducing its own emissions, but also encouraging others throughout the region to collectively work toward common goals.

In 2018, Council adopted its Sustainable Bundaberg 2030 Strategy, which provided a plan for transitioning Council towards a more cost effective, resilient and environmentally conscious future.

Council's forthcoming Net Zero Emissions Strategy will include the following objectives:

  1. Facilitate high level stakeholder engagement and incorporate feedback as input into net zero strategic planning.
  2. Establish the Bundaberg region’s baseline emissions profile.
  3. Identify emissions reduction pathways that will assist the region in achieving its target and long-term goals.
  4. Conduct an assessment of renewable energy, supply opportunities, offtake capabilities and potential catalyst projects that may aid in achieving net zero emissions.

Community Engagement

Due to project planning, the community consultation sessions scheduled for 21 and 22 June have been postponed. These sessions will be rescheduled and available on this project page.

Image: Chris Sweetapple Photography

  • Businesses offered Climate Action Certification support

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    Businesses wishing to embark on a quest to become more environmentally conscious will be provided incentive support from Bundaberg Regional Council through a new initiative.

    On top of ECO Certification support that is already offered, Council has also begun supporting businesses to gain Climate Action Certification.

    The aim of the ECO certification incentive is to grow visitor economy and promote ecotourism by providing a 50 per cent cash subsidy to eligible businesses/operators to offset the first annual certification fee payable to Ecotourism Australia.

    Environment portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said certification was an important part of letting travellers know that tourism products – including tours, accommodations and attractions – had a primary focus of nature.

    “These levels of certification assure travellers that products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices,” he said.

    “In a region made up of a range of nature-based opportunities, certification is an important process in recognising and respecting our environment and encouraging travellers to do the same.”

    Cr Honor said ecotourism was one of the fastest growing sectors of global tourism.

    “Council’s advocacy position is to grow the region’s visitor economy through market development as an ECO Certified Destination,” he said.

    “This would enable the Bundaberg Region to become a high-quality and recognisable destination to visitors while further increasing the sustainability credentials of our businesses.”

    To find out the eligibility criteria or to apply for ECO Certification or Climate Action Certification click here.


    Read the full Bundaberg Now story here.

Page last updated: 20 Jun 2022, 03:43 PM