Brisbane City Council

Brisbane City Council is Australia’s largest local government authority in terms of both population and budget. It provides a broad array of services for the city’s 1,180,825 residents, manages local infrastructure and assets spanning a geographic area of 1,338 square kilometres and valued at more than $22 billion, and has an annual operating and capital budget in the order of $2.7 billion.

Brisbane has been a leader in sustainability practices for more than 20 years and has twice been named Australia’s most sustainable city. Council has been active in responding to climate change, focusing on the performance of its own operations, as well as delivering initiatives to support Brisbane residents and businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Type of certification

Organisation.

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Council achieved carbon neutral status for its operations in accordance with the National Carbon Offset Standard in 2017 and was certified carbon neutral in January 2018.

Why are you carbon neutral?

Brisbane City Council is committed to a clean, green and sustainable Brisbane and is actively responding to climate change by leading the transition to a low carbon city. 

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Going through the process of achieving and maintaining Council's carbon neutral status has helped us to better understand and take action to address the climate impact of our operations.

We have implemented a continuous improvement program in energy and carbon management, which has delivered real energy cost savings as well as engaging staff in all areas of our organisation to work together to achieve our carbon neutral goal.

What offset projects do you support?

Council has offset more than 1.8 million tonnes of carbon emissions since achieving carbon neutral status for its operations in 2017. Carbon offsets have been purchased from a range of Australian and international offset projects, with preference being given to projects that also support wider social, economic and environmental benefits. Australian projects include reforestation on marginal farm lands in northern New South Wales and early season savanna burning in far north Queensland and the Northern Territory. International projects have included wind, solar and biomass power generation in China and India, small-scale hydro-electric projects in rural communities in China and Indonesia, and industrial energy efficiency projects in South Korea. 

Why did you choose these projects?

Brisbane City Council's investments in Australian reforestation and early season savanna burning projects have improved local social, economic and environmental outcomes including:

  • Increased biodiversity and habitat value and mitigation of soil erosion and salinity risk
  • Increased awareness of opportunities for farmers in the delivery of environmental services and diversification of on-farm income streams
  • Protection of the local environment, cultural sites, infrastructure and communities from devastating bushfires
  • Job creation within remote Aboriginal communities

In addition to providing verified greenhouse gas emission reductions, the small-scale hydro-electric projects supported by Council in China and Indonesia have also been certified under the Social Carbon standard. These projects support local job creation, provide electricity to remote rural communities and provide funding for community initiatives, such as agricultural education programs and the establishment of disaster relief funds.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

Council has made significant progress in the delivery of energy efficiency and emissions reduction projects, including:

  • Retrofitting more than 25,000 streetlights with energy efficient lamps and ensuring all new and replacement lamps in street and other public lighting applications are LEDs, where possible
  • Installing more than 1.5 megawatts of solar systems to produce renewable electricity on-site at Council facilities
  • Including electric vehicles in Council's passenger fleet
  • Ensuring all new buses in Council's public transport fleet utilise new generation, high-efficiency Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle diesel engine technology
  • Deploying a diesel-electric hybrid bus on the popular City Loop route
  • Piloting eco-driving training with 370 Council bus drivers
  • Diverting organic waste from landfill through a dedicated green waste collection service, a "Love Food Hate Waste" campaign and launch of community composting hubs at 23 locations across the city
  • Utilising recycled asphalt to reduce requirements for bitumen and aggregate in asphalt production
  • Upgrading the heating system and insulation in the storage bins at Council's asphalt plant, reducing energy consumed in maintaining the temperature of asphalt produced prior to delivery

In addition, over the 14 years from 2003 to June 2018, Council has purchased more than 920,000 megawatt hours of electricity from renewable energy sources.

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2019-20

PUBLICATION DATE:
2021-03-16

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2018-19

PUBLICATION DATE:
2020-08-06

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2017-18

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
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YEAR

2016-17

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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