Objective 1 – Carbon emission reduction and carbon capture programmes are actively encouraged and supported.
- Support investigation, dissemination and use of regionally-specific information to guide emission reduction opportunities, methods and tools to support decision making.
- Promote and implement carbon storage programmes such as carbon tree plantings, soil carbon sequestration and coastal blue carbon (mangroves etc.) sequestration.
- Support programmes to:
- assist individuals and communities reduce emissions;
- encourage commercial, industry and aggregated energy and fuel efficiency;
- avoid or capture coal mine fugitive emissions;
- capture, or avoid generating, landfill gas, agricultural waste and biogas from wastewater; and
- promote energy efficiency in town planning, house design and domestic appliances.
- Collaborate regional partnerships to design and bid for large-scale carbon credit projects. For example: landscape-scale activities including grazing, planting and savanna burn fire management.
- Investigate the carbon exchange and capture potential at a farm scale and for differing land use types. For example: soil carbon sequestration options between grazing and cropping land use types.
- Investigate whole-of-sugar-industry scale opportunities for obtaining credit for practice change.
Objective 2 – Renewable electrical energy, fuel resources and consumable products are investigated and promoted to reduce the dependence on finite fossil fuel resources.
- Support independent research into, and promote the use of, alternative and renewable electrical energy, fuel sources and consumable products that are commercially competitive and offer a wide variety of energy use and supply options. For example: hydro, solar, co-generation and using waste as a resource for making electrical energy, fuel and other consumable products to reduce pressure on finite fossil fuel resources.
- Support research and development of alternative economies not reliant on coal and oil as the only source of electrical energy and fuels.
- Support partnerships and networks between major industry sectors, regional planners, enterprise organisations and researchers.
Objective 3 – Enhance knowledge and ability to respond to effects of climate change in the region.
- Establish, expand and protect areas of ‘native refugia’ that are identified as being resilient to predicted climate change impacts.
- Investigate the impacts of climate change on natural resources, and identify management options for responding to opportunities to increase climate change resilience, such as:
- innovative and sustainable land and water management practices;
- including climate change projections in modeling and assessment of natural resource conditions, quantities and allocations;
- crop diversification and switching; and
- supporting new enterprises.
- Investigate pest and biosecurity implications of higher temperatures on the natural environment.
- Support investigation, dissemination and use of regionally specific information on:
- major emission sources, rates and trends;
- regional implications of projections in global emissions profiles; and
- regional contributions to global climate change as defined for the volume of air above our region (air shed).
- Promote awareness of climate variability and practical resilience strategies.
- Promote awareness and apply adaptation strategies in local government decisions and development planning to avoid and reduce unnecessary impacts on the community from increased coastal hazards. For example: The Climate Change (Coastal Hazards) Adaptation Program (CHAP).
By or before 2026:
- climate variability and change predictions are incorporated into planning and natural resource management;
- the region’s carbon store has increased and carbon emissions reduced;
- there is increased investment in, and access to, renewable energy electricity, fuel resources and consumable products;
- communities and individuals involved in NRM have the knowledge and capacity to adapt to climate change impacts; and
- there is increased landscape resilience to impacts of a changing climate.