Brisbane Carbon Challenge Resources

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Thanks for taking the Brisbane Carbon Challenge and helping to achieve our citywide target to reduce household carbon emissions to six tonnes on average by 2031.

By making some changes at home and to how you get around and dispose of your waste, you can help reduce the impacts of climate change to your family, our local community and globally – and save money at the same time!

Below are some handy resources to help you along on the next step in your Brisbane Carbon Challenge journey.

We’ve also gathered together answers to some Frequently Asked Questions and a full list of actions you can take to reduce your household carbon emissions, including the cost and emissions savings that could be achieved for an average household.

If you’re yet to estimate your household carbon footprint, head to the Brisbane Carbon Challenge calculator

Transport

Transport is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions for a typical Brisbane household, accounting for almost half of the average household footprint. Tackle this and you’re well on your way to reducing your overall carbon emissions.

Car ownership is also a major household cost. For example, RACQ puts the annual cost of owning and running even a small car at over $157 per week. 

Explore alternative transport options below.

Public and active transport

The river city offers a variety of public and active transport options to reduce your carbon emissions and weekly transport and parking costs. Consider riding your bike to work, even one or two days a week. Or walk, if you’re close – the cost of walking to work can be as little as a good pair of walking shoes. Try a bus or train for your commute if you travel a longer distance – even if you drive to a train station first, it can make a big difference.

CityCycle – Brisbane’s bike hire scheme.
Cycling Brisbane – Get road and cycle path routes, safety tips and more.
Active School Travel – A program to enable students, parents, carers and teachers to leave the car at home and actively travel to school.
Public Transport in Brisbane – Did you know seniors can travel for free on Brisbane City Council buses, CityCats and ferries during off-peak times? Council buses, CityCats and ferries are also carbon neutral.
TransLink – Find your local ferry, bus or train timetable.

Cars and scooters

From scooters to car sharing to buying smart with your next car purchase – rethink what you drive and ride to save money and reduce your carbon emissions.

Neuron Scooters and Lime Scooters – You’ve seen them on Brisbane streets; now it’s time to give them a go!
GoGet Car Share – Car rental by the hour that can work out a lot cheaper than car ownership for inner city residents who need a car only occasionally.
Car Next Door – Peer-to-peer car sharing where people in your neighbourhood can rent out their own cars.
Green Vehicle Buying Guide – Start your journey to lower-emissions driving here, including buying your first hybrid or fully electric car.

Home energy use

After transport, home energy use is the second-highest source of carbon emissions for Brisbane households. The good news is that there is much you can do at home to reduce both your emissions and your energy bills.

Simple changes like switching to energy-efficient LED light bulbs can save your household up to $110 a year in electricity costs. Investing in an energy efficient pool pump could save you up to 80 per cent on pool running costs, while a 5 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar system could mean zero emissions electricity and up to $1,400 saved on power bills each year!

Energy.gov.au – Energy tips and advice from the Australian Government.  
Energy Ratings – Find out the energy efficiency rating of your next appliance to reduce your energy use, costs and emissions.
Your Home – The Australian Government’s guide to creating environmentally sustainable homes.
GreenPower – How to buy accredited GreenPower from electricity retailers and power your home on zero emissions electricity.
Clean Energy Council – Thinking about going solar? Get informed about buying, installing and maintaining a solar system for your home.

Waste

Food waste represents about 25 per cent of the average Brisbane home’s rubbish bin contents. We know we can do better and save on landfill emissions and grocery bills in the process. For your garden waste, get a green waste recycling bin from Brisbane City Council. And now is also a good time to review what goes into your regular recycling bin.

Love Food Hate Waste – A free Council program to help residents learn about food waste and the simple changes you can make to save money and create a cleaner, greener city with less landfill.
Composting and organic waste recycling – Tips from Council on composting your own food waste to reduce greenhouse emissions, and how to access a local community composing hub.
Compost rebate program – Recycle your food waste at home by purchasing a compost bin or worm farm, with eligible Brisbane residents able to receive a rebate from Council of up to $70 off the purchase of eligible composting equipment.
Brisbane’s Best Recycling Guide – What goes in your recycling bin and how to dispose of the stuff that doesn’t.
Council Green Bins – An easy and affordable way to dispose of your lawn clippings, prunings and leaves and ensure it doesn’t go to landfill.
Sustainable Nappy Cashback – Disposable nappies are non-recyclable, resource-intensive and estimated to take up to 500 years to break down. Get on board this Council scheme that rewards you for buying reusable nappy products.

Other useful resources

Live for Less – Stacks of useful articles from Brisbane’s sustainable living hub with practical ways that you can lower your carbon emissions while saving money.
Brisbane Carbon Challenge Actions – Here’s a full list of what actions you can take to reduce your household carbon emissions and the cost and emission savings that could be achieved for an average Brisbane household.

Did you know…?

…that Brisbane City Council is a carbon neutral organisation? Council is taking steps to reduce the carbon emissions from its operations and is investing in emission reduction projects around Australia and overseas to offset emissions that can’t be avoided. Visit www.brisbane.gov.au for more information.