Zero Carbon Communities

Zero Carbon Communities delivers positive environmental change across Australia by helping communities reduce local carbon emissions.

Councils and communities have a strong and proud history of leading climate action and many are working towards 100% renewable energy goals and zero emissions targets.

A Zero Carbon Community is any community where people, businesses, clubs, groups and councils are taking action to reduce carbon emissions.

We’re bringing these community champions together to address emissions from the following sectors: Buildings, Energy, Land use, Waste, Transport, and Industry.


For further information on the Zero Carbon Communities initiative, or to find out how you can be part of the team:

Resources to get you started

Beyond Zero Emissions has published two free reports that demonstrate what local councils are doing (and the barriers and opportunities they face), and how it’s affordable and achievable now for Australia to become a zero carbon community.

Zero Carbon Communities Guide | Beyond Zero Emissions Australia
Zero Carbon Communities Guide
Free guide and tools for communities and councils who want rapid local progress towards zero emission targets.
Australian Local Government Climate Review | Beyond Zero Emissions Australia
Council Climate Action Review
Discover what councils and communities are doing to tackle climate change.

Benefits for all communities

Our research demonstrates the following achievable benefits of working towards a zero emissions Australia:

  • Cost savings through reduced energy consumption
  • Access to new investment and funding sources
  • Creation of jobs in new energy and other industries
  • Achieving sustainability goals and emission reduction targets
  • Increased public profile as a leading and innovative community
  • Wider economic and social benefits through a healthier environment


Support us

ZCC is an initiative of Beyond Zero Emissions – an innovative, volunteer-powered climate solutions think tank based in Melbourne.

Consider making a donation or joining us as a volunteer – volunteering is a fantastic learning experience and a chance to work alongside one of the world’s best independent think tanks.


Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is an internationally recognised climate change think tank, providing independent and ambitious climate change solutions for Australia.

Our flagship research shows how all sectors of the Australian economy can decarbonise, repower and benefit from the transition to zero emissions. These Zero Carbon Australia plans cover renewable energy and electricity; energy efficient buildings; sustainable transport; agriculture, farming and land use; and industry.

Through volunteer-powered research we show that a thriving, zero emissions society is achievable and affordable now, and that Australia can become a renewable energy superpower.