Zero Emissions Bryon

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Zero Emissions Bryon

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Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) aims to transition the Byron Shire region to zero emissions by 2025, working through the sectors of Energy, Buildings, Transport, Land Use and Waste. ZEB aims to reduce the impacts of climate change and develop new economic opportunities by inspiring and working with Council and the community.
ZEB acts as an umbrella group managing the carbon budget for the region, with three main roles:

Calculate and monitor emissions and their abatement
Develop an emissions mitigation strategy and plans
Facilitate emissions abatement
ZEB’s Vision is to achieve ‘Net Zero Emissions’ within the Byron Shire region by 2025.

ZEB’s Mission is to implement zero emissions strategies by inspiring and working with the community.

ZEB has four key goals:

Develop and implement a concise and financially rigorous GHG abatement plan, championed by ZEB stakeholders, to achieve the ZEB Vision and Mission.
Engage the community and ZEB stakeholders in the implementation and planning of emissions reduction, and enable broad ownership of the program.
Assist in positive development and resilience of our region, through new ecologically sustainable projects and jobs and the continued promotion of the Byron Shire as the ‘Most Sustainable Tourist, Lifestyle and Work destination in Australia’.
Contribute to the national abatement of climate change and its impacts, and support the development of robust climate policy at all levels of Government (Local, State and Federal).
Zero Emissions Byron was initiated in March 2015, with a meeting between the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions and the Byron Shire Mayor, who envisaged Byron Shire as a prototype for regional emissions mitigation in Australia. A public meeting followed from which ~50 volunteers were recruited to work in each of the five sectors. Working Group Volunteers, the Project Coordinator and Beyond Zero Emissions collaborated to develop the Baseline Emissions Report, detailing emissions in Byron Shire from the five sectors. The Report, published in June 2016, was an important first step in that it has allowed an understanding and prioritisation of emissions sources across the region.

Action planning then followed with key stakeholder forums, where industry bodies, businesses and organisations from each sector came together to compile and assess mitigation actions. A detailed Emissions Reduction Plan will cost and prioritise those mitigation strategies.

GHG abatement, education and collaborative projects are happening, such as Repower Byron Shire (a street by street renewable energy program, in conjunction with with COREM and Enova Community), the Zero Emissions Schools Initiative, plus Individual Emissions education. ZEB frequently engages with the community through media articles, social media communications and holding community events such as The Big U-Turn Ahead.

ZEB recognises the importance of engaging with all its key stakeholder groups, including Federal, State and Local government; individual sectors within the community; and the private sector, to encourage participation and investment in the transition to a zero emissions economy in Byron Shire.

Community and grassroots collaboration with Council is a key characteristic of the Byron Shire Region, and is as an integral strength of ZEB. Community volunteers continue to be a core part of ZEB projects.

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Company

Primary environmental focus

Climate

Environmental issue sub-category

Climate

Geographic sphere or activity

Local

Primary location

Bryon

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Date of last group activity not on website (e.g., on social media)

2019

History of group

Zero Emissions Byron was initiated in March 2015, with a meeting between the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions and the Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson. ZEB was developed as a collaboration between the Byron Shire Community, the Byron Shire Council, Beyond Zero Emissions and the Centre for Social Change.

In the first two years, the focus was on developing the internal structure and capacity; relationships with key stakeholders; the emissions inventory for the Byron Shire region; the regional strategy for emissions mitigation; and initial projects.

Key steps in the evolution of ZEB

A community meeting was held in June 2015, where community members signed up to contribute to one of five working groups (Energy, Buildings, Transport, Land Use and Waste).

In August 2015, the groups began working on the initial phase, which was to assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their sector.

In June 2016, the Baseline Emissions Report was completed, which quantified GHG emissions for the five sectors across the whole of the Byron Shire region (Scope 1 and 2).

Key stakeholder forums for each sector followed in the second half of 2016, focusing on: developing emissions mitigation strategies; documenting existing activities, projects or businesses contributing to emissions abatement; and fostering regional relationships with and between key stakeholders.

Zero Emissions Byron Limited, a not for profit company limited by guarantee, was formed in October 2016, with a revitalised governance framework.

The company is a registered tax exempt charity with authority to fundraise in NSW, and has tax deductible status.

Collaborative strategic planning was conducted in early 2017 with the new Board, Byron Shire Council and community sector representatives.

Initial abatement projects began in 2017, primarily focused on community education and action, including: Zero Emissions Schools Initiative; Individual Emissions Education; Repower Byron Shire.

A key focus has been accessing the resources to develop the Emissions Reduction Plan as a blueprint for transitioning to zero net emissions within each sector.

A report was commissioned and completed for the energy sector in 2017 which addressed technology and strategies to reach 100% renewable energy within the Shire.

ZEB has continued to foster partnership relationships with key stakeholders ENOVA and COREM

Byron Shire Council formally endorsed the target of Zero Emissions in April 2017, and set up a working group to implement zero emissions for Council operations.

ZEB has developed its national and international profile. Through Byron Shire Council, it has joined international and national programs (Compact of Mayors, Carbonn Registry, ICLEI, C4CE, Cities Power Partnership), and has been profiled at events (United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, in Paris; 2017 Community Energy Congress; 2017 World EcoCity Summit)

ZEB has focused on interaction and engagement within the Byron Shire community, including media and communications, and running or supporting local events.

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