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Climate Change - Taking Action

Climate Change Action Plan for Bass Coast 2020-2030


Bass Coast Shire Council has declared a climate emergency and developed a Climate Change Action Plan 2020-30 recognising the role of both Council and the community in our collective response to reduce our emissions, build community resilience against the local impacts of climate change and ultimate reverse global warming.

The Plan was developed in consultation with the community through significant engagement with residents, businesses, agricultural sector and stakeholders in response to Council’s declaration of a climate emergency.

The Plan identifies a number of actions that individuals, community groups, businesses, the agricultural sector and Council can undertake to achieve the objective of zero net emissions over the next 10 years and to ensure a climate resilient community.

Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO)

Bass Coast Shire Council is leading the way as one of 46 Victorian Councils to form the largest ever emissions reduction project by local government in Australia, switching to 100% renewable energy.

We are one of 46 Victorian Councils that have pooled investment of 240GWh of renewable electricity, reducing greenhouse emissions by 260,000 tonnes of CO2-e per year. This is equivalent to annually powering 48,000 homes or taking 90,000 cars off the road.

Climate Change Action Plan Factsheets

Our climate actions so far!

Council Renewable Energy Projects

Get Involved with a local action group

Bass Coast Climate Action Network (BCCAN) are a network of community members concerned about climate change impacts on the Bass Coast. They are working together for positive solutions and to encourage all levels of government to urgently act on climate change.

Energy Innovation Co-operative’s mission is "working together towards a zero emissions community". It is establishing community owned renewable energy generation, runs activities & events & newsletters, and its Southern CORE Fund supports community groups wanting to put solar PV, solar HW or energy efficiency measures onto buildings they run. It operates mainly within South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires, but has members beyond, and has no geographic limitations in its rules. From Nov 2017 it can offer tax deductibility for any donations towards its work.

Totally Renewable Phillip Island is a community group formed in early 2018 in collaboration with a number of community groups including, the Energy Innovation Co-operative, Boomerang Bags and Plastic-free Phillip Island and San Remo, PICAL, Phillip Island Conservation Society, Phillip Island Landcare Group and Bimbadeen Farm. As a result a public forum was held in June 2018 where community members voted to support the formation of Totally Renewable Phillip Island and associated working ground and to pursue the draft vision outlined below:

“Phillip Island will be a carbon-neutral community by 2030 through our collective efforts to use clean and efficient energy, reduce pollution and offset carbon emissions"