Climate Change & Energy Efficiency

Bellingen Shire Council acts to contribute to climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation. Climate change mitigation is undertaken to reduce the impacts of climate change, mainly through the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change adaptation is aimed at limiting the impacts of climate change which cannot be avoided. This includes actions to address sea level rise and creating biodiversity corridors to allow flora and fauna to migrate as the climate changes.

Climate Emergency Declaration

At its Ordinary Meeting on March 27 2019, Bellingen Shire Council resolved to Declare a Climate Emergency.

The declaration acknowledges that Bellingen Shire is being affected by climate impacts, particularly increasing sea level rise, bushfires, heat waves, severe storms, drought and floods.

As part of this declaration Council prepared and adopted a Climate Emergency Response Framework. This serves as a call to take urgent action in rapidly reducing our carbon emissions across all of society, both locally and globally.

Climate Emergency Response Framework 

Corporate Carbon Plan

The Corporate Carbon Plan has been prepared as part of Council’s Climate Emergency Program 2020 – 2030.

Council has been reducing their carbon emissions for several years, guided by the Bellingen Emissions Reduction Plan (BERP) which was due for review in 2020. The new Corporate Carbon Plan replaces the BERP. It sets new carbon reduction targets and, for the first time, sets a renewable energy target. It maps the changes required by council to transition to a carbon neutral organisation by 2040, setting science-based targets in line with those identified by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC).

Corporate Carbon Plan 

Bellingen Emissions Reduction Program (BERP) 2010 - 2020

Bellingen Shire Climate Change Action Plan
Agenda - Ordinary Meeting - Wednesday 22 April, 2015 - refer to page 40 for how we are tracking in reducing our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (April 2015)

Bellingen Shire Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Council, in partnership with Nambucca Shire Council, Kempsey Shire Council, and the Australian Government, have undertaken a climate change risk assessment of each of the Shires, from which Shire specific adaptation plans have been developed. This was carried out in accordance with the Federal Government's Local Adaptation Pathways Program (LAPP).

Bellingen Climate Risk Report 2010 (PDF 3.02MB)
BSC Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2010 (PDF 912KB)

Car Pool Mid North Coast

A free online service for anyone who wants to save money, meet new people and reduce their carbon footprint while travelling to work or study. It takes two minutes to register, then Carpool Mid North Coast will search its database and the database of Northern Rivers Carpool to easily match you with other people travelling in the same direction.

Power Mate Energy Meters available at local libraries

Power Mate Lite energy meters can now be borrowed from Bellingen, Urunga and Dorrigo libraries. These easy to use meters enable the measurement of electricity, greenhouse gas emissions and cost of running appliances within your home. 

When you hire the Power Mate Lite download the excel spreadsheet that will help you with the calculations required to complete the Bellingen Shire Council Home Energy Worksheet.


BSC Home Energy Worksheet (XSL 114KB)