Climate change and energy

Council plays a significant role in encouraging environmental responsibility among local businesses, community groups, households and schools and has ongoing programs that cover many aspects of ecologically sustainable development.

Through internal planning and management, we are working hard to minimise the environmental impacts of our operations and protect environmentally sensitive areas.

The following sections provide further information about what Council is doing to become more environmentally sustainable in its own operations.

Climate Change Action

In September 2013, Council adopted aClimate Change Policy which acknowledges the reality of climate change and its impact on both the current and future way of life for the whole Coffs Harbour community and our natural and built environment.

Climate Change Policy

With the adoption of the policy we committed to:

  • Reducing Council’s contribution to climate change and supporting the community to reduce their contribution to climate change.
  • Adapting Council’s activities and services to become more resilient to climate change and realise the opportunities it provides.
  • Working with the community to help build the resilience of our residents and local ecosystems to adapt to the effects of climate change.

It's Time for Clean Energy

The Powering Ahead solar project kick started Coffs Harbour City Council’s renewable energy journey in October 2019 with the installation of more than 2MW of solar at a variety of council sites. In its final stages of delivery, the project showcases a huge investment in solar, stimulating our local green economy. It also demonstrates civic leadership and revolutionary solar design with the installation of 5B solar arrays at a number of Council sites, including the Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant. 

To learn more about this exciting project, check out the video. 



Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan (REERP)

Our goal is to source all of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030

In April 2016 Council adopted a Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan(PDF, 6MB) (REERP)

It sets out a plan to meet the following targets:

  • Council will reduce its per annum corporate emissions (tonnes CO2-e) from 2010 levels by 50% by 2025.
  • Council’s energy use will consist of 100% renewables by 2030.

The process started in 2013 with Council’s adoption of the Climate Change Policy and review of its Greenhouse Action Strategy, resulting in the adopted organisational targets. In order to demonstrate leadership and emphasise this as a priority, Council developed the REERP.

The extensive plan - a framework for implementing, monitoring and reporting on renewable energy and emissions - took 12 months to create and involved the development of an emissions profile, preparation of corporate emissions reduction and a renewable energy plan and prioritisation of actions that will yield the largest emission reductions per unit cost.

Stage Three of the REERP has seen reductions in consumption through switching street lighting to LED lights and Council is now installing solar PV systems at 16 Council-owned sites. These include local libraries as well as bigger installations at water reclamation plants, Karangi dam and Coffs Airport. Works were suspended due to COVID-19 but have now resumed and are expected to be complete by the end of 2020.

Visit our Coffs Harbour Have Your Say website for project updates


Climate Change Policy

Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan(PDF, 6MB)

Rigby House Solar Power Project(PDF, 333KB)

LED Lights and REERP Fact Sheet(PDF, 1MB)

Council Invests in Major Solar Energy Push