Carbon management by Queensland local councils

Zeppel, Heather (2013) Carbon management by Queensland local councils. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 49. pp. 117-136. ISSN 1470-5001

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Abstract

Climate change and carbon mitigation are key issues for local government. This paper evaluates carbon actions by 32 local councils in Queensland, Australia. A climate action framework and carbon management matrix were used to assess corporate citizenship by councils on emissions reduction. This study found carbon actions related to council size and capacity, coastal location and climate change strategies. Carbon mitigation actions were mainly implemented by city, then regional and lastly shire councils. Carbon leadership was mainly evident among larger councils (>30,000 population), that have climate change plans and targets. Coastal and metropolitan councils were more 'carbon-ready' (i.e. consolidating or mainstreaming carbon actions) than smaller inland rural councils (i.e. latent or emerging actions). Most Queensland councils were minimalistic or opportunistic in adopting eco-efficiency actions while a few progressively integrated low carbon measures in council operations.
The paper identifies key issues for local government in transitioning to a low carbon future.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 00:18
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; carbon management; local councils; corporate citizenship; Queensland
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.9774/GLEAF.4700.2013.ma.00009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24181

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