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Climate action resources for local governments

As part of its Climate Change Response, the Queensland Government is partnering with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) to work with councils to plan for and better manage climate risks and build resilience.

Local governments are well placed to deliver initiatives that will help reduce emissions and help their communities adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

By adopting a risked based approach to changes such as increased changes in temperature, rainfall, sea level and extreme weather conditions, councils can ensure the long-term prosperity of their communities.

Local governments 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 council can take.

  • Commit to reducing your carbon emissions.
  • Set an emissions reduction target.
  • Investigate renewable energy options.
  • Buy carbon offsets for your council’s carbon emissions.
  • Develop a waste management and resource recovery plan to monitor and reduce waste.
  • Set minimum energy efficiency standards for council-owned buildings and assets.
  • Incorporate climate change risks into local planning and 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  • Develop a sustainable procurement policy.
  • Encourage community participation in council’s environmental programs.

The resources list below provides useful information and tools to help you take action.

Resources

  • Queensland Climate Resilient Councils program aims to strengthen the internal decision-making capacities of councils throughout the state to support climate resilience decision making.
  • QCoast2100 program helps coastal communities prepare for hazards like beach erosion, storm surges and other coastal hazards associated with climate change.
  • Clean Growth Choices will support six regional communities to develop economic and social roadmaps for the future. It will also provide valuable case studies and learnings for other Queensland communities wishing to develop their own transition plans.
  • The Land Restoration Fund aims to expand carbon farming in the state by supporting land-sector projects with significant co-benefits, including benefits for Aboriginal communities.
  • Climate science and data resources including regional climate change impacts and Queensland’s latest greenhouse gas inventory.
  • Emissions Reduction Fund supports local councils and land managers to take practical steps to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions while benefitting the Australian economy and the environment.
  • 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 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.
  • Get Ready Queensland provides tools and resources to help build resilience to extreme weather and natural disasters.

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