Case study: Decarbonisation of the Great Barrier Reef Island Program

Tourism Mackay Isaac Whitsundays North Queensland Far North Queensland

The Queensland Government’s Decarbonisation of the Great Barrier Reef Islands program is supporting businesses and communities in the Great Barrier Reef islands with multiple projects to transition to a low carbon future.

The Decarbonising the Resorts of the Great Barrier Reef islands project was led by Energetics in partnership with EarthCheck for the Department of Environment and Science. It involved 25 resorts, across 20 islands, in actions to reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Low emission solutions were identified for each resort including solar and battery combinations, biodiesel and biogas, solar hot water, electric vehicles, hybrid ferries, as well as wind and tidal turbines.

EarthCheck also completed the Decarbonisation of Great Barrier Reef Islands Whole of Community Pilot project, to work with the Masig (Yorke) Island, Palm Island, and Magnetic Island communities to develop resiliency and increase the sustainability of island activities. This project was carried out in partnership with Arup, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, as well as Regional Economic Solutions.

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