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CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION POLICY
The updated Adaptation Policy (2019) articulates 6 key policy statements and is in turn supported by a detailed Adaptation Strategy. The Policy focus is to strengthen community resilience to climate change impacts and implement projects and initiatives that directly support this. In order to do this, the Policy acknowledges the importance and validity of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and findings on climate change impacts such as sea level rise. Click here to view the policy.
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION POLICY
The Mitigation Policy reaffirms Council’s commitment to become a leader in the climate change arena by aligning its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in line with the Paris Agreement. The Policy is supported by a detailed Mitigation Strategy which articulates how these reductions will be achieved via targeted priority areas and actions.
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CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION STRATEGY
The Mitigation Strategy highlights Council's main Greenhouse Gas (GHG) contributions starting from the 2016-2017 baseline financial year, followed by fifteen priority actions aimed at lowering these emissions in line with the Paris Agreement targets. Come of the existing and proposed priority actions include:
- Solar power - LED smart lighting - Energy efficient vehicle fleet - Carbon offsetting - Planning scheme amendments - Planning Scheme amendments - Private/public partnerships -
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COASTAL HAZARD ADAPTATION STRATEGY
Whitsunday Regional Council covers over five hundred kilometres of coastline, of which 460km2 are identified by Queensland government coastal hazard mapping as being exposed to high storm tide risk. As such, the region is exposed to a range of coastal hazards, which are likely to be exacerbated by the effects of climate change. To help Council identify and respond to coastal hazards, the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) is being developed with funding from LGAQ.
The CHAS has 8 distinct Phases that collectively explore coastal hazard issues in the Whitsunday region (sea level rise, coastal erosion, etc.), identify relevant areas and assets at risk, provide detailed risk assessments and identify potential adaptation options. The CHAS will be completed in 2019. Maps and reports from each phase will be available for public viewing in the near future.