What does Net Zero Emissions mean?
Net zero emissions or being carbon neutral means that the net greenhouse emissions associated with Council’s activities are equal to zero. It is achieved through a combination of measuring and reducing carbon emissions along with the purchasing of good quality carbon offsets. Net zero emissions is different to zero emissions, which is achieved when no carbon emissions at all are produced.
What about climate change adaptation?
The draft Action Plan and Strategy deal with climate change mitigation. Council’s climate change adaptation response is separate to the Action Plan and Strategy and is being addressed through two main pathways – the Federal and State funded Byron Shire Disaster Resilience Project, which aims to build community resilience to future natural crises, and the Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which is currently being developed by staff.