Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) aims to transition the Byron Shire region to zero emissions by 2025, working through the sectors of Energy, Buildings, Transport, Land Use and Waste. Its mission is to reduce the impacts of climate change and develop new economic opportunities by inspiring and working with Council and the community.

ZEB will focus on reducing Scope 1[i] and 2 GHG emissions in the short term – with an expansion to scope 3 over the medium term. The ZEB baseline includes the GHG emissions of the Byron Shire Council, businesses with operational control[ii] within the region and the residential community.

Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) was initiated in March 2015, with a meeting between the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions and the Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, who envisaged ZEB as a prototype for regional emissions mitigation in Australia.  The development of a baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory was an important initial step, in that it has allowed for an understanding and prioritisation of emissions sources across the region. Action planning then began with key stakeholder forums, where industry bodies, businesses and organisations from each sector came together to compile and assess mitigation actions. Detailed action plans will cost and prioritise those mitigation strategies.

GHG abatement, education and collaborative projects have commenced, such as the Zero Emissions Schools Initiative, plus media and communications and community event participation, such as participation in the annual RenewFest, and the monthly ZEB Sustainability Drinks event.

Community and grassroots collaboration with Council is a key characteristic of the Byron Shire Region, as well as an integral strength of ZEB. Community groups have led the development of the baseline inventory and continue to be a core part of ZEB’s

ZEB must identify sources of funding for itself as a governing body as well as identifying and encouraging sources of project finance for zero emissions projects. ZEB can act as an umbrella group and facilitate these projects. It is important that ZEB engages professionally with all its key stakeholder groups – from clearly articulating ZEB’s position at Federal, State and Local Government levels to skilfully engaging with the private sector to encourage participation and investment in the Byron Shire Region as a Zero Emissions Economy.

ZEB’s acts as umbrella group, with two main roles – to assess and monitor emissions abatement; and to facilitate emissions abatement. ZEB will develop emissions reduction plans, and work with

ZEB’s Vision is to achieve ‘Net Zero Emissions’ within the Byron Shire region by 2025.

ZEB’s Mission is to implement zero emissions strategies by inspiring and working with the community

ZEB Objectives

  1. To create plans and projects to achieve vision and mission.
  2. To engage community to adopt ZEB principles and projects.
  3. Be a leading example for national application.
  4. To create new economic opportunities and meaningful jobs.
  5. To reduce the impacts of climate change.
  6. Empower the community to develop their own projects.
  7. To facilitate wider benefits.
  8. Ongoing measurement and monitoring of emission reductions.

[i] http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/NGER/About-the-National-Greenhouse-and-Energy-Reporting-scheme/Greenhouse-gases-and-energy

[ii] http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/NGER/Reporting-cycle/Assess-your-obligations/Facilities-and-operational-control