For many local governments, action to reduce operational emissions is about leadership in their communities, and is often followed by the development of strategies and action plans to help communities reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change. 100% Renewables has worked extensively with State and local governments to develop community net zero strategies.
What does planning for a net zero community involve?
Best practice community and city climate action strategies have four core underpinning themes.
- Leadership and commitment, such as through action by community leaders like local government, and through public commitment to and participation in leading national and global movements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include, for example, Cities Power Partnership, Global Compact of Mayors, C40, and commitment to aligning abatement action with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Measurement and tracking a city’s or a community’s carbon footprint enables a starting point to be established, and actions designed that respond to the key emissions sources over time. Community emissions need to be developed that are aligned with the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC).
- Strategies and detailed action plans that identify and plan for measures to reduce emissions associated with Stationary Energy, Mobility and Resources, to sequester carbon through land-based and blue carbon measures, and to finance and resource the actions that will lead to a low carbon future.
- Identification of the levers that governments, business and communities have that can drive action by each of these groups as well as through collaborations and partnerships with each other.
Why should your council and community consider becoming net zero?
Working towards net zero shows that your council and community acknowledge the need to decarbonise, you see the opportunities this creates for your residents and businesses, and you have a plan that aims to realise these benefits and create jobs and opportunities into the future. You also recognise the benefits of having a comprehensive regional climate action strategy, with a community that is motivated to work together.
Key benefits of transitioning to net zero are:
- Reduce emissions by 2050 or earlier
- Keep temperature within 1.5 degrees Celsius
- Help cities and communities adapt to climate change and become more resilient
- Create new business and employment opportunities for your community
We have a proven four-step method for delivering community net zero strategies, which includes:
- Developing a GPC-compliant community carbon footprint and forecasting future trends
- Deep engagement with communities via public workshops, online surveys and focus group workshops with a range of business and community groups to identify opportunities, levers, barriers and champions
- Analysis of opportunities and levers that can drive deep decarbonisation, and mapping actions over the long term to reach net zero emissions in line with science
- Finalisation of a city or community net zero strategy through public exhibition and formal adoption.
For further information, please download our Community Net Zero Strategy brochure.
Relevant episodes from the “Driving Net Profit with Zero Emissions” Podcast
- How behavioural science can nudge your business towards net-zero
- CORENA – How one dollar spent can fund emissions reduction projects multiple times
Blog post and videos
- Setting targets for community emissions
- Calculating your GPC community inventory
- Reporting your GPC inventory – BASIC versus BASIC+
- Categorising your GPC inventory into sectors and scopes
- An introduction to community carbon footprints
- Developing the Climate Change Action Plan for Queanbeyan-Palerang [with video]