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Decarbonisation of the Great Barrier Reef Islands program yields results

The Queensland Government’s Decarbonisation of the Great Barrier Reef Islands program supports businesses and communities of the Great Barrier Reef islands to transition to a low carbon future.

The first phase of the program was led by Energetics in partnership with EarthCheck, and involved working with 25 resorts across 20 islands to reduce their carbon emissions and increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The participating islands were: Bedarra, Camp, Daydream, Fitzroy, Great Keppel, Green, Haggerstone, Hamilton, Hayman, Heron, Hinchinbrook, Hook, Lady Elliott, Lindeman, Long, Orpheus, Pelorus, Pumpkin, South Molle and Wilson.

Low emission solutions were identified for each resort including solar and battery combinations, biodiesel and biogas, solar hot water, electric vehicles, hybrid ferries, as well as wind and tidal turbines. Options including efficiency improvements for pumps, air conditioning, hot water and refrigeration, improved building management control, water recycling, onsite food waste processing and glass crushing remain a consideration for several resorts.

Find out more:

  1. Decarbonising the resorts of the Great Barrier Reef islands – Summary Report (PDF, 12.6MB)
  2. Great Barrier Reef Resort Islands – Case Studies and Best Practice Examples Guide (PDF, 6.8MB)

The program has been extended to include whole-of-community pilot projects on Great Keppel Island, Magnetic Island, Palm Island and Masig Island in the Torres Strait.

For more information on the program email climatechange@des.qld.gov.au