Reducing Our Footprint

Our goal is to facilitate a renewable energy future for our region, our homes and our industry

With changing climatic conditions, the region is at risk of becoming drier with decreased rainfall over winter and spring, more days over 40° Celsius and an earlier and more severe fire season. As a community, we recognise the importance of managing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing our footprint.

Our society is beginning a rapid transition from using fossil fuels for energy to the installation of rooftop solar and grid-scale renewable energy projects. Current trends are in line with the Australian Energy Market Operator’s modelling that renewables will grow from 37 per cent of the energy mix in 2020 to 63 per cent by 2030 and 94 per cent by 2040. With our abundant sunshine and strong winds, Southern Downs is seen as a good area for renewable energy infrastructure.

There are significant opportunities to make our homes and buildings more energy efficient.

Reducing our footprint in how we live and work, is not only good for the environment, but can be beneficial in many other ways. Insulating or installing solar panels and energy efficient appliances in our homes reduces energy bills, while walking or cycling is a healthy alternative to driving our cars.

We understand that changing climatic conditions requires a global response, but we can show leadership and make a difference locally by committing to significantly reducing our carbon footprint.

Our community aspirations

  • Decrease household energy use
  • Increase per kilowatt hour of electricity produced by renewable fuels.

Our Council trend indicators

    Increase in percentage of all energy used by Council owned assets and infrastructure is from renewable sources
  • Greater use of LED lighting in Council facilities.

Our strategies

  • Look for opportunities to participate in appropriate local government activities that reduce Council's footprint
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions from council vehicles
  • Create cooler streets and neighbourhoods
  • Encourage our homes and businesses to be energy efficient
  • Increase provision of renewable energy for the region and community
  • Increase availability and usability of active transport (walking and cycling)
  • Reduce reliance on and emissions from private vehicles
  • Promote initiatives that encourage lower carbon agricultural practices

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