Climate Change Mitigation

Bellingen Shire Emission Reduction Program Council is committed to reducing its contribution to climate change and to this end, has initiated the Bellingen Shire Emission Reduction Program (BERP). 

Bellingen Council was originally signed up to the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) program, but since the CCP lost federal funding in June 2009, Council has elected to continue with the BERP which is based on the milestone approach of the CCP. The BERP is made up of the following phases:

Phase 1: Greenhous Gas Emissions Audit for Council and the Community
Phase 2: Adoption of Emission Reduction Target
Phase 3: Climate Change Action Plan - Planning
Phase 4: Climate Change Action Plan - Implementation
Phase 5: Monitoring and Verification 
The results of those phases completed so far are included below.

Phase 1 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Audit for Council and the Community
An emissions audit was conducted as part of the Cities for Climate Protection program (CCP).  The resulting report can be downloded using the link at the bottom of the page.

Phase 2 Adoption of Emission Reduction Target
Phase 2 of the BERP is to adopt an Emission Reduction Target for both the Community and Council.  The emission reduction target will be used as a means to measure the progress of the BERP and also to help drive the other phases of the program. On the 16 December 2009, Council adopted an emission reduction target of 40% on 1990 levels by 2020 for Councils operations.  Council also resolved to support a community target of one earth living (using ecological footprint analysis) by 2015. The BERP Phase 2 report can be downloaded using the link at the bottom of the page.

Phase 3 Climate Change Action Plan - Planning
The preparation of a Climate Change Action Plan for Council is currently underway.

Phase 4 Climate Change Action Plan - Implementation
Council is continuously implementing actions to reduce its emissions, however actions formerly associated with the BERP will be undertaken once Phase 3 of the program is complete.

Phase 5 Monitoring and Verification 
Council is continuously monitoring it's emissions.  Formal reporting of Council's emissions will commence soon and then at least every two years following.

Contact Details

Alex Waldron
Manager Sustainable Environment & Waste
Phone: 02 6655 7300
council@bellingen.nsw.gov.au

Downloads

CCP Milestone 1 Report (PDF 101KB)

BERP Phase 2 Final Report (PDF 753KB)

Bellingen Shire Emissions Reduction Program (PDF - 1488.75KB)