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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.

You can view the Bass Coast Community Emissions Model to see how we can collectively achieve the zero net emissions model.

To view the full data, assumptions and methodology please download the following spreadsheet Bass Coast Community Emissions Model Final v1 0.

The emissions modelling and pathway for the Bass Coast builds on the Z-NET Blueprint Model. The Z-Net Model is a highly detailed and best practice approach developed under a creative commons licence to allow rural towns, villages and regions to design a pathway to achieve and then exceed zero net emissions. It sets out the approach taken, the logic and principles applied in assessing options and the framework used for developing the Climate Change Action plan.

Consistent with the Creative Commons license for the model and other resources Bass Coast has made the zero net emissions model available to download as a part of the Z-NET Collaboration. This will ensure benefit to future communities to develop their own pathways. Bass Coast Shire Council would like to acknowledge the Z-net approach, the collaboration created and coordinated by Starfish Initiatives, alongside project partners Hip V. HYPE Sustainability and Little Sketches in developing the Bass Coast Community Emissions Profile.

Small Business Energy Saver Program

Banner energy SBESP retail and cafe

Bass Coast is pleased to support Sustainability Victoria's Small Business Energy Saver Program, making sure your business equipment runs as efficiently and economically as possible is important when trying to avoid unnecessary energy costs.

To register your interest and find out more check out Sustainability Victoria Small Business Energy Saver site.

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.


Our 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"