- Landscape and character
- Waterways and wetlands
- Open space
- Flooding and stormwater
- Neighbourhoods and housing
- Social infrastructure
- Sustainable design
- Energy and resources
- Sustainable living
- Adaptation and resilience
Energy and resources
We all consume energy in the form of electricity and fuels. We use it for lighting, heating, cooling, and to power our vehicles and businesses. We also use natural resources such as water and agricultural lands to produce the food we rely on to sustain us.
We produce significant volumes of waste from many of our daily activities. This includes garden, food, plastic, and construction and demolition waste. We can reduce the amount of waste we create, and recover some forms of waste to become a usable resource (referred to as the ‘circular economy’). As landfill waste produces greenhouse gases, by reducing our waste we can also reduce our carbon footprint.
Energy and resource efficiency reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports a healthier planet. It also provides:
- cost savings from reduced energy and resource use
- opportunities to identify creative solutions to our resource use and waste issues
- reduced contributions to climate change
- less waste sent to landfill
- fewer environmental impacts.
On the Sunshine Coast, we're moving toward a low carbon, energy and resource efficient way of life. This is important to maintain and enhance our liveability and the lifestyle we treasure on the Sunshine Coast.
Council is setting the pace, with a target to become a zero-net emissions organisation by 2041 which will work hand-in-hand with our community to be low-carbon by 2041.
Photo credit: D. Hayward
We’re working with industry and the community to effect change. We share our knowledge and trial new technologies.
Becoming a zero-net emissions organisationWorking towards achieving our organisational zero-net emissions target.
A snapshot of achievements for 2021/22Learn about council's annual environment and liveability achievements.
- Coastal Coastal areas extend from our coastal plains and lagoons to our sand dunes and rocky shores. View more
- Open space Open space is our network of sport and recreation, trails and paths, and nature spaces. View more
- Adaptation and resilience Adaptation and resilience is our community’s ability to respond and adapt to a changing climate. View more