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

Water smart trees

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.

Bushland cover

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.

Environment and sustainability grants

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.

Wildlife Conservation Partnerships - Land for Wildlife

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.

Environment centres

Brisbane's environment centres offer the community a range of educational programs and activities.

Creek Catchments

Council officers work with community groups across Brisbane to protect and restore catchments and waterways.

Habitat Brisbane

Council helps community groups restore natural habitats in parks, bushland, wetlands and along waterways.

Community Conservation Assistance (CCA)

Community Conservation Assistance (CCA) is available to individuals and groups to deliver on-ground works within priority biodiversity areas for projects that otherwise would be difficult for community groups to undertake.

Reducing the impact of infrastructure

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.

Waste benefits

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. 

Strategies and achievements

Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031

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.

WaterSmart Strategy

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. 

Carbon Neutral Council

Council achieved carbon neutral status in line with the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) and has been certified under the Australian Government's 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.

Other projects

Street lights

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. 

Find out about the LED Street Lights Trial.

Earth Hour

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. 

Improving sustainability at our bus depots

Find out about the sustainability features of Council's bus depots at Willawong, Sherwood and Eagle Farm.

Last updated:11 October 2019