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  • FNQROC Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Mitigation Plan Managing Risk in a Carbon Economy

    FNQROC Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Mitigation Action Plan: Managing Risk in a Carbon Economy This plan will give an overview of the regional greenhouse gas inventory (2007/2008) and the regional mitigation plan and carbon reduction target.

    2011

    Darlene Irvine, Executive Officer FNQROC

    June 2011

  • FNQROC Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Mitigation Plan Managing Risk in a Carbon Economy

    Acknowledgements This report has been made possible through the support of:

    Prepared by FNQROC with the assistance of Sustainable Focus Pty Ltd.

    Document Control

    Document ID: LIVE-#3213639-v1-FNQROC_Regional_Greenhouse_Gas_Mitigation_and_Action_Plan_-_FINAL_DRAFT

    Rev No Date Revision Details Author Approver

    1 August 2009 Draft report for FNQROC acceptance completed by Sustainable Focus

    Sustainable Focus FNQROC accepted March 2010

    2 January 2011 Draft document for FNQROC Darlene Irvine FNQROC Sustainability Group reviewed March 2011

    3 April 2011 Draft document incorporating feedback from FNQROC Sustainability Group

    Daniela Gambotto

    FNQROC and all persons acting on behalf preparing this report accept no liability for the accuracy or inferences from the material contained in this publication, or for any action as a result of any person’s or group’s interpretations, deductions or conclusions relying on this material. The FNQROC accepts no liability for any loss, damage or injury (including consequential loss, damage or injury) from use of the information.

  • FNQROC Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Mitigation Plan Managing Risk in a Carbon Economy

    FNQROC’s Vision Regional prosperity through interactive and collaborative planning and advocacy.

    FNQROC’s Mission Our Mission is to foster cooperation and resource sharing between Councils and effectively advocate on agreed regional positions and priorities.

    FNQROC’s Core Values a) Autonomy to act within the constraints of our systems of Government,

    b) Integrity in the performance of their functions,

    c) Responsiveness to the needs of the local community,

    d) Accountability to stakeholders – electors, ratepayers, other spheres of Government,

    e) Equity; and

    f) Respect the individual rights of individual Councils to have their own opinions.

  • FNQROC Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Mitigation Plan Managing Risk in a Carbon Economy

    Table of Contents Executive Summary................................................................................................................................................................1 PART A – INTRODUCTION AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK.............................................................................3 1. Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................3

    1.1 FNQROC Region ...............................................................................................................................................3 2. Policy and legislation ...................................................................................................................................................4 PART B – GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY......................................................................................................5 3. GHG Emissions Inventory ........................................................................................................................................5

    3.1 Methodology..........................................................................................................................................................5 3.2 Energy Emissions and Direct Waste Emissions .............................................................................6 3.3 Benchmark year..................................................................................................................................................6 3.4 Raw Data.................................................................................................................................................................6

    4. Results..................................................................................................................................................................................7 PART C – FORECASTS AND FINANCIAL ANALYSIS ................................................................................11 5. Forecast ............................................................................................................................................................................11

    5.1. Population Predictions .................................................................................................................................11 5.2. Emission Forecasts .......................................................................................................................................11 5.3. Direct Waste Emissions Forecast.........................................................................................................13 5.4. Financial Forecasts........................................................................................................................................13

    PART D – A REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS GOAL AND MITIGATION ACTION PLAN...16 6. Greenhouse emissions reduction goal ..........................................................................................................16

    6.1 Reduction, offsets or both? .......................................................................................................................16 7. Implementing the Regional GHG Mitigation Action Plan ....................................................................17

    7.1 Funding .................................................................................................................................................................17 8. Sector Summaries ......................................................................................................................................................17

    8.1 Buildings ...............................................................................................................................................................17 8.2 Vehicle Fleet ......................................................................................................................................................18 8.3 Street lighting.....................................................................................................................................................18 8.4 Water and Sewage electricity ..................................................................................................................19 8.5 Landfills .................................................................................................................................................................20

    9. Greenhouse Mitigation Action Plan table .....................................................................................................21

  • FNQROC Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Mitigation Plan Managing Risk in a Carbon Economy

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    Executive Summary In a world facing environmental, social and economic challenges, Council’s must prepare themselves to manage the risks associated with a complex future scenario. Of particular concern to councils are the potential impacts resulting from climate change, the effects of which are not limited to the environment alone.

    Far North Queensland has been identified as one of six key ‘hot spots’ in Australia where the impacts of climate change are likely to be significant. Potentially large losses to the built environment of the region from flooding, sea-level rise and storm surges associated with tropical cyclones1 are expected as a result

    The emergence of a carbon based economy as a national response to climate change, will ultimately result in increased day-to-day costs for council operations. By implementing measures to abate greenhouse gas emissions, Councils in the region have the opportunity to reduce the risks associated with increased energy and fuel costs, and damage to the natural environment which ultimately affect the local economy.

    In mid 2009, through the collaboration of Cairns Regional Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Cook Shire Council and Hinchinbrook Shire Council, and support of FNQROC2, GBRMPA3, WTMA4 and Terrain NRM, Sustainable Focus undertook a Greenhouse Inventory for FNQROC Councils. This action plan is a summary of that more detailed report.

    In response to that inventory, estimated carbon emissions and greenhouse mitigation actions have been identified for each sector that provides a path to achieving very significant reductions. These are tabled in Part D of this report.

    This plan calls for a significant financial investment for the abatement of energy and waste emissions which is estimated to deliver a greenhouse reduction of 57%, or over 76,500 tonnes. The investment is expected to be repaid in less than five years representing an excellent financial investment regardless of the significant environmental and social benefits. It is also a practical way of managing the risk of escalating energy costs.

    To put the cost of this investment into pers