Zero carbon councils


Zero Carbon Communities works closely with several Council based climate programs.  We encourage Councils to set ambitious zero emissions targets and to work in collaboration with their communities.

Partner programs

The Zero Carbon Communities program works in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors,  an international program that supports Councils in tracking progress to zero carbon and provides the most comprehensive platform for emissions reduction.  Participating Councils benefit from the knowledge of the international community and the global recognition program.  

Several Australian Councils are also part of the Cities Power Partnership. Through this program Council’s commit to reducing their own emissions through selected actions. The knowledge hub and events are invaluable for officers working on climate action. 

Councils can also take a climate pledge through the Take-2 and Climate Emergency Declaration programs.   

Beyond Zero Emissions seeks to collaborate with these programs where possible on the development of supporting research and tools. Councils and communities working together are a powerful force for change. 

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.

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.