Council's green commitment
Brisbane City Council is doing business in a more sustainable way and providing opportunities for residents, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to reduce their carbon footprint.
Find out about:
- Green and biodiverse city
- Reducing the impact of infrastructure
- Strategies and achievements
- Other projects.
Council has a target to achieve 40% natural habitat cover on mainland Brisbane by 2031. Natural habitat is a collective term for all of the native vegetation communities across Brisbane, at all levels of maturity and condition.
The Queensland Herbarium recently mapped the 2019 extent of natural habitat across mainland Brisbane. Based on the current mapping, the 2019 reported extent of natural habitat cover across mainland Brisbane was 38.9%. Approximately 1200 hectares need to be reinstated across Brisbane over the next ten years to achieve Brisbane's target.
Council has recently received funding from the federal government to work together with South East Queensland Catchments to plant 100 water smart street trees, between 2014 and 2018. Find out more information.
Council is buying and protecting bushland and working towards increasing Brisbane's bushland cover.
2 Million Trees Project
Council planted over two million trees in the Brisbane area between 2008 and 2012.
Council offers a range of environment and sustainability related grants for community groups, non-profit organisations and individuals under the Lord Mayor's Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants Program.
Private property owners can receive help and advice on revegetation, local flora and fauna species and how to conserve and restore wildlife habitat on their land.
Brisbane's environment centres offer the community a range of educational programs and activities.
Council officers work with community groups across Brisbane to protect and restore catchments and waterways.
Council helps community groups restore natural habitats in parks, bushland, wetlands and along waterways.
Council is taking steps to manage the impact of infrastructure on our environment through projects such as the 100 kW solar installation on the Brisbane Powerhouse, and five star green rating buildings such as Brisbane Square and Green Square.
Warm mix asphalt green system
Council uses the 'warm mix asphalt green system' to reduce the production temperature of asphalt. Given that Council uses on average 330,000 tonnes of asphalt annually, this translates to significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Further reductions will be achieved in the future with ongoing customer acceptance and specification of warm mix asphalt at even lower production temperatures.
Council has signed an agreement for the recycling of its bus fleet waste oil. The waste oil is transported for treatment initially to Wacol then to Gladstone where it is re-refined to a base oil for later use as lubrication oil for the automotive, transport, mining and agricultural sectors, thus reducing the need for virgin oil imports. Re-refining waste oil releases fewer carbon emissions than burning it, which is better for the environment.
To encourage well-designed, green and energy efficient buildings in Brisbane, Council offers a financial payment equivalent to 50 per cent of infrastructure charges paid on eligible residential and commercial developments. Find out if your project is eligible.
Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 highlights our city's key sustainability achievements and outlines future targets and commitments to drive us towards a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city.
The goal of the WaterSmart Strategy is to make Brisbane a water smart city, to support the liveability of our city by managing water sustainably.
Council achieved carbon neutral status in line with the Australian Government’s Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard for Organisations and has been certified under the Australian Government's Climate Active Carbon Neutral Program. Find out more.
CitySmart was created by Brisbane City Council in 2009 as a dedicated sustainability agency for Brisbane and the first organisation of its kind in Australia. In the decade that’s followed, CitySmart has delivered many sustainability initiatives for Brisbane, including;
- one of Australia’s largest sustainable living festivals, the Green Heart Fair
- the energy saving program, Reduce Your Juice, to help younger digitally connected adults to reduce their energy use
- Live for Less, an online community dedicated to lowering the cost of living while helping the environment
Visit CitySmart to learn more.
Brisbane is now cleaner and greener with 25,000 mercury vapour lights replaced by energy saving bulbs in suburban streets around the city. This $9 million project has made our streets brighter, safer and more energy efficient.
The new lights have resulted in some 500,000 in savings on Council’s annual electricity bill. The reduction in energy use is equivalent to 2100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions or taking around 550 cars off the road annually.
Council partnered with Energex on this project, which completed the retrofit program. The project was funded through a $4.5 million grant from the Australian Government with Council funding the other $4.5 million.
Council supports Earth Hour each year by switching off lights at a number of Council buildings and landmarks across the city. Find out more information, including teaching materials and resources on the Earth Hour website.