Sunshine Coast Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy
  • Last updated:
  • 23 May 2016

Council adopted the Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy 2010-2020 at its Ordinary Meeting on 10 June 2010.

This Strategy was refreshed in August 2014 replacing the 2010 version. The intent of the refresh was to deliver cosmetic changes and reflect the new Sunshine Coast local government area whilst maintaining the approved policy content.


The goal of the Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy is to guide the transition to a low carbon, low oil, and resilient future for the Sunshine Coast local government area.


The Sunshine Coast is recognised as one of the most desirable places to live and work thanks to its outstanding beauty, mild, subtropical weather and enviable lifestyle. And as such it is also one of the most rapidly growing regions in Australia.

Climate change and peak oil present major threats to the Sunshine Coast; its natural environment, communities and economic activities.

Climate change is occurring affecting our weather patterns. As the changes continue the effects are expected to intensify bringing a reduction in annual rainfall, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, increased storm activity and more frequent flooding and droughts.

Peak oil is another real but lesser known threat with vulnerability from finite and declining oil supplies.

In response to these threats and to assist in achieving the corporate vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green diverse, Council is implementing the Sunshine Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy 2010-2020.

Council has the potential to prepare and respond to the challenges and opportunities through its business functions and services and can complement the work that is already being undertaken across the region outside of Council.

In accordance with the ‘precautionary principle’, the Strategy takes a risk avoidance and management approach to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Cut oil dependency
  • Help the Sunshine Coast transition to alternative energy sources
  • Adapt to the prospect of climate change
  • Build business capacity for the Council and the region.

To help achieve these goals Council has also adopted the Energy Transition Plan 2010-2020.

View the Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy:

Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy part one[3627KB]

Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy part two[3868KB]

Background documents

Climate Change Background Study[4433KB]

Peak Oil Background Study[3387KB]


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