Climate action resources for business and industry
As part of its Climate Change Response, the Queensland Government is supporting businesses and industries to develop their own solutions that maximise growth and resilience in a changing world.
The transition to a resilient low-carbon economy brings many opportunities for Queensland’s businesses and industries.
Innovative operational practices, access to new markets and improved competitive advantage are all positive outcomes of operating in a more sustainable way.
Businesses have an important role to play in taking climate action to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Queensland.
Actions you can take
Below are some actions your business can take.
- Commit to reducing your energy usage
- Set an energy reduction target
- Develop an energy management plan
- Investigate renewable energy options
- Buy carbon offsets for your business’ carbon emissions
- Develop a waste management plan to monitor and reduce waste
- Invest in systems, processes and appliances that minimise energy and waste
- Investigate options for producing energy onsite from waste
- Design products that minimise energy and waste production.
The resources list below provides useful information and tools to help you take action.
- Climate science and data resources including regional climate change impacts and Queensland’s latest greenhouse gas inventory.
- Sector Adaptation Plans prioritise adaptation activities and identify opportunities.
- The National Climate Change Adaptation and Research Facility supports decision-makers to manage the risks of climate change.
Capitalising on Queensland’s Opportunities in a zero net emissions future – Ernst and Young
This report highlights the opportunities for Queensland’s sectors in adapting to a changing climate.
- Capitalising on Queensland’s opportunities in a zero net emissions future: Executive summary (PDF, 3.19MB)
- A Queensland zero net emissions economy: Agriculture (PDF, 148KB)
- A Queensland zero net emissions economy: Construction (PDF, 239KB)
- A Queensland zero net emissions economy: Energy (PDF, 348KB)
- A Queensland zero net emissions economy: Finance (PDF, 221KB)
- A Queensland zero net emissions economy: Manufacturing (PDF, 139KB)
- A Queensland zero net emissions economy: Resources (PDF, 235KB)
- A Queensland zero net emissions economy: Tourism (PDF, 381KB)
- A Queensland zero net emissions economy: Transport (PDF, 195KB)
Resources by industry sector
- Built environment and infrastructure
- Human health and wellbeing
- Emergency management
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Small and medium enterprise
- The Agriculture Sector Adaptation Plan (PDF, 1.3MB) identifies priorities and opportunities for the agriculture sector when responding to climate change.
- AussieGRASS provides rainfall and pasture growth maps.
- FORAGE property reports contain information on ground cover, rainfall and pasture, indicative land types and regional climate projections.
- Scientific Information for Land Owners (SILO) is a database of climate records and provides daily datasets for climate variables.
- The drought declaration map shows council areas that are drought declared.
- The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program is an initiative to improve drought preparedness and resilience for Queensland producers.
- Seasonal climate outlooks for Queensland provide rainfall commentary and probabilities, monthly climate statements, and sea surface temperatures.
Built environment and infrastructure
- The Built Environment and Infrastructure Sector Adaptation Plan (PDF, 1.1MB) aims to create an environment supportive of behaviour that safeguards the prosperity of the sector, and Queensland as a whole.
- The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has resources and tools to enable sustainability outcomes, including Australia’s only comprehensive rating system for evaluating sustainability across the planning, design, construction and operation of all phases of infrastructure projects and assets.
- Green Building Council of Australia rates the sustainability of buildings and communities through Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system, known as Green Star.
- The Tourism Sector Climate Change Response Plan (PDF, 3.4MB) identifies priorities and opportunities for the sector when responding to climate change.
- The Queensland Tourism Industry Council has resources on sustainability and resilience for the tourism sector.
- The Griffith Institute for Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism program advances research in ecotourism, nature conservation, resource efficiency and climate change.
- EarthCheck’s carbon offsets supports sustainability actions across the travel and tourism industry.
- The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s emissions calculator supports marine operators to keep track of their carbon footprint.
- The Decarbonising the resorts of the Great Barrier Reef islands report (PDF, 12.6MB) outlines the work by Energetics and EarthCheck that involves supporting 25 resorts to reduce their carbon emissions and increase their resilience to a changing climate.
- The Great Barrier Reef Resort Islands – Case Studies and Best Practice Examples (PDF, 6.8MB) guide provides ideas and learning on reducing operational impact of island resorts.
Human health and wellbeing
- The Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Adaptation Plan in Queensland identifies priorities and opportunities for the health care, aged care and early childhood education and care sectors when responding to climate change.
- The National Climate Change Adaptation and Research Facility provides advice to supports decision-makers manage climate change risks including:
- The NCCARF synthesis summary: Heat and heatwaves explains the effects of heatwaves on health.
- The Heat-Ready: Heatwave Awareness, Preparedness and Adaptive Capacity in Aged Care Facilities provides advice on how to protect the elderly from heatwaves.
- The Climate and Health Alliance has developed a National Framework for Climate, Health and Well-Being. It also provides resources for the health and wellbeing sector to address their carbon and environmental footprint.
- The Emergency Management Sector Adaptation Plan identifies priorities and opportunities for the emergency management sector when responding to climate change.
- Queensland Fire and Emergency Services provides information on emergency planning.
- Get Ready Queensland provides tools and resources to help build resilience to extreme weather and natural disasters.
- The Queensland State Natural Hazard Risk Assessment 2017 provides an overview of Queensland’s exposure to tropical cyclones, flooding, heatwaves and other natural disasters.
- Queensland Disaster Management provides disaster management plans and guidelines.
Biodiversity and ecosystems
- The Biodiversity and Ecosystems Climate Adaptation Plan identifies and priorities ways to help Queensland’s biodiversity and ecosystems adapt to the effects of climate change.
- A Terrestrial ecosystems report by National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) details the effects of increasing temperatures, more frequent and severe extreme weather events, and declining rainfall on the behaviour of terrestrial plants and animals.
- A Marine diversity report by NCCARF details how changes in ocean temperature and chemistry are impacting our marine environments, and the implications for how we manage our fisheries and coastal environments.
Small and medium enterprise
- The ecoBiz program helps businesses save money on power, water and waste bills.
- Business Queensland provides advice and resources on how to make your business environmentally friendly.
- The Understanding the Adaptive Capacity of Australian Small-to-Medium Enterprises to Climate change and Variability report by NCCARF has information on how climate change will impact businesses and how they can prepare.