Helping Victorians create climate-friendly communities

A new guide to help local communities reduce their carbon emissions to zero in 10 years has been released by climate solution think tank and TAKE2 founding partner Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE).

Globally and nationally, local governments and communities are making huge strides in reducing their contributions to climate change by setting themselves 100% renewable energy goals and zero emissions targets.

BZE’s Zero Carbon Communities guide gives councils and communities a simple framework with key steps they can use to reach those goals within an impressive 10 years. The Victorian communities of Baw Baw, Benalla and Nillumbik (all have joined TAKE2) are working with BZE to achieve their climate change goals. 

A recent survey of 152 Australian councils by the think tank suggests four in five have set targets of zero emissions or 100% renewable energy and almost one in five have set targets for their communities too.

As well as benefiting the climate, following the Zero Carbon Communities roadmap has other positive spin offs including more local jobs, more local investment, lower power bills for householders, business and industry and a cleaner environment for locals.

Local councils and community groups considering ways to reduce their impact on the climate can join TAKE2.