We’ve declared a Climate Emergency in Bayside with overwhelming community support and need your input to help us take decisive action to address the impacts of climate change.

To help us take immediate and decisive action, we are seeking community feedback to develop our Bayside Climate Emergency Action Plan.

The plan will include actions Council will take to respond to the Climate Emergency, as well as support for our local community to take action to reduce our impact on the environment.

As a community, Bayside emits around 1.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year. We are some of the highest greenhouse gas emitters per capita in the world.

75% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels to provide electricity and gas to homes and businesses. The remaining emissions come from transport (22%) and waste (3%) [source].

While we’ve been working since 2008 to become carbon neutral in Council’s operations, (and will become carbon neutral this year) the Bayside Climate Emergency Action Plan will help us take the next step.

Have your say

Consultation on this phase of the project has now closed. We appreciate those of you who took the time to participate. We will publish a summary of the results in the coming months. Future steps of the project, including further engagement will be scheduled in light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.

The purpose of declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ is to recognise the need for urgent, meaningful action on climate change, and mobilise for emergency action to reverse current trends and secure our planet for future generations.

The evidence for human-induced climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Burning of fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere which trap heat and alters our climate systems causing biodiversity loss, loss of farming land, sea level rise, and more frequent and intense extreme weather events.

Rapid reduction in the use of fossil fuels is needed to reverse current trends and prevent climate impacts including:

  • Harsher and longer fire seasons
  • More hot days and heat waves
  • Less rainfall in winter and spring
  • More intense rainfall events
  • Increased maximum and minimum temperatures

To read more about the science of climate change, please see (also available in the Document Library):

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Climate Science Report (2019).
  • United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (UN IPCC 2018)
  • Victorian State Government and CSIRO local scale climate projections Report (2019).

To read more about the ‘Climate Emergency’, what Council is doing and what you can do please visit the Council's website.

Bayside City Council has identified six priority areas within which the Council and Bayside community can take action on climate change. These priority areas are as follows:

Sustainable Transport: including modes of transport which involve a reduction in or elimination of fossil fuel use including walking, cycling, fully-electric vehicles, and public transport. This also refers to changes to the infrastructure which supports walking, cycling, fully-electric vehicles, and public transport.

Renewable Energy: including solar, wind, and hydro technologies to produce electricity, buying electricity from solar, wind, and hydro technology, the transition away from use of natural gas, and battery storage technology.

Biodiversity: including tree canopy cover, urban forestry and agriculture, use of drought and water resilient plants, native gardening, greener and cooler spaces, native flora and fauna conservation.

Waste: including avoidance, reduction, reuse, and recycling.

Community Action: including lobbying government, volunteering, fundraising, and activism.

Sustainable Buildings and Homes: including environmentally sustainable design in buildings, community facilities, and homes, all-electric homes, energy and water efficient homes, and thermally comfortable homes.

Snapshot CO2 emissions report for Bayside municipality 2017

Total municipal emissions 1,222,100 tonnes of carbon emissions, made up of 3.07% Waste; 22.13% Transport; 14.48% Gas (residential gas 9.92%, commercial gas 2.05%, industrial gas 2.51%); 60.32% Electricity (residential electricity 15.34%, commercial electr