Climate change

How will climate change affect us? Climate emergency declaration Global covenant Climate Ready Tweed Greenhouse gas emissions

How will climate change affect the Tweed?

In November 2022, Council received the final report from consultants BMT Commercial outlining the forecast impacts of climate change in the Tweed.

More hot days, more rainfall and sea level rise will impact our everyday use of electricity for heating and cooling, housing design and materials use for ventilation and flood resilience, and planning for housing, services and recreation. Additionally, local and protected plants and wildlife are adapting to changed conditions through migrating ideal habitat locations and breeding patterns.

Current climate trends in the Tweed(JPG, 114KB)

Trends in the Tweed's climate have been assessed and a summary provided below based on historical local weather data.

Summary impacts recent climate events(JPG, 112KB)

The Tweed's wildlife, waterways, coastlines, utilities, infrastructure, businesses and communities are vulnerable to climate events.

Climate change projections for the Tweed(JPG, 91KB)

Present-day climate trends and future projections have been calculated using NSW Government data sources and CSIRO reports.

Read more in the consultant's full report(PDF, 4MB).

Find out more about climate change projections for the North Coast.

For Council’s assets, operations and programs, climate change poses significant impacts across the majority of Council functions. In its 2023 Climate Change Risk Assessment(PDF, 4MB) Council has described 135 risks ranked for the likelihood and consequences of their occurrence:

  • 66 risks relate to infrastructure and assets
  • 21 risks relate to community services
  • 19 risks relate to environment management and protection
  • 15 risks relate to corporate functions
  • 13 risks relate to land use planning and development.

Find out more about what Council is doing to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Climate emergency declaration

At its 19 September 2019 Council meeting, Tweed Shire Council declared a climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.

Council's Interim climate change action plan(PDF, 546KB) describes 57 greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate adaptation actions in response to the climate emergency.

Find out more about Council's Climate Change Management Policy(PDF, 168KB).

Global Covenant of Mayors

More than 11,700 cities from 120 countries representing more than 1 billion people worldwide are part of a global alliance for local government climate leadership. Councils commit to advance climate action in three key areas:

  1. reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  2. identifying – and adapting to – the risks associated with climate change
  3. increasing access to clean and affordable energy

Check out Tweed Shire's reporting dashboard.

Climate Ready Tweed

From November 2022 to May 2023, Griffith University Climate Action Beacon conducted the most comprehensive baseline assessment of community perspectives towards climate action and disaster resilience. The project included 252 responses to a comprehensive climate action survey, 29 in-depth interviews and co-design workshops with 50 people.

Climate Ready Tweed Project: final report(PDF, 3MB)
Community Climate Action Workshops: summary of outputs(PDF, 930KB)
Community Climate Action Readiness Survey: technical report(PDF, 1022KB)

Tweed’s greenhouse gas emissions profile

Electricity in homes and businesses, transport fuels and waste are major sources of greenhouse gas emissions from across the Tweed.

From these major sources of emissions, we each create at least 11 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per person per year. Through clean energy choices, efficient transport and avoiding waste, governments, businesses and individuals can collectively reduce our carbon footprint to less than 4 tonnes CO2-e per person per year.

This will help us to avoid dangerous changes in global temperatures, increasing costs of energy, food prices and risks to the Tweed’s world class beaches, wetlands and forests, waterways, native plants and wildlife.

Tweed emissions snapshot