Friday, April 26, 2024

Byron Shire on track for zero emissions

Byron Shire Council says it is on track to achieve net zero emissions for Council operations by 2025, aligned with the goals set out by the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

“Despite the recent challenges faced by our community – bushfires, floods and COVID-19, combatting climate change remains a top priority for Byron Shire Council and we are proud to be part of the global effort to take action,” Council’s Sustainability Team Leader, Julia Curry said this week.

“The ‘Think Global, Act Locally’ philosophy has never been more important,” she said.

Byron Shire Council is a member of international organisations ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) and closely follow and align to the goals of the UN Climate Conferences held annually, Ms Curry said.

“In addition to striving for our net zero emissions goal for Council Operations by 2025, our work with community group, Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB), is ongoing as we move towards the ultimate goal of net zero community emissions.”

ZEB’s most recent initiative includes research that tracks community emissions in the Byron Shire from 2015.

On the local front, Council is taking direct action with the Byron Shire Council Climate Change Adaptation Plan, with 100 Adaptation Actions aimed at improving resilience in Byron Shire. The Plan is based on the latest climate projections for our local area and will continue to be implemented over coming years.

To find out more about Council’s climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, head to Climate change – Byron Shire Council (

Find out more about Zero Emissions Byron and their work at

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