Climate change mitigation by Queensland local government was the focus of a survey conducted by the University of Southern Queensland.


The survey evaluated carbon mitigation actions, greenhouse gas reporting, offsetting, and carbon price preparation by Queensland Councils. This survey was commissioned by Local Government Infrastructure Services (LGIS), as the first state-wide survey of carbon actions implemented by Queensland Councils.


Some 32 Councils completed the survey, including City, Regional, Shire and Aboriginal Shire Councils.


The survey found 13 Queensland Councils assessed their carbon emissions and five planned to do so. Council measures to reduce carbon emissions were mainly included in waste and water management plans or environment plans.


The Council operations generating carbon emissions include landfill, electricity, vehicle fleet, waste and water services, and street lighting. The main reasons for Councils to reduce emissions are: cost savings, environmental regulations, Council climate change strategies, and leadership.


Councils identified the main impacts of a carbon tax on their operations to be higher energy and fuel costs, a greater need to manage landfill emissions, compliance costs and increased materials costs.


Council preparations for the carbon price are most advanced in larger Councils, in those with a coastal location, and in Councils that already monitor and measure carbon emissions.


The results of this carbon survey were forwarded to all 73 Queensland Councils, local government associations within Queensland, and presented at LGIS Waste Forums in Rockhampton and Brisbane.


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Information about this research can be found online at: