Ballarat is ready to do the work required to build a safe and sustainable community for current and future generations. The Ballarat Net Zero Emissions Plan outlines commitments of the Ballarat community to deliver net zero emissions by 2030.

The plan builds on the work that the City of Ballarat and wider community are already undertaking to reduce emissions in order to achieve an environmentally sustainable future.

Emissions in Ballarat were estimated to total 1.5 million tonnes in 2020. To reach net zero emissions by 2030 requires a bold and challenging approach. The stakeholders involved in the development of this Plan recognise the urgency to act and support Council’s resolution for an aspirational target of net zero emissions by 2030. It reflects a recognition of what is required to address the climate emergency.

Achieving the ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2030 will require substantial action by the Victorian and Australian Governments beyond currently planned actions and targets, as well as from the Ballarat community.

The Plan identifies key areas of action for the Ballarat community to transition to net zero emissions, including business, home, new developments, transport and waste.

How to have your say

We’d love for you to tell us how we can all deliver net zero emissions by 2030. You can provide general comments to the Plan or tell us what you think by answering the questions below.

  1. What do you like about the plan/outcomes/actions?
  2. What are the gaps? What additional programs or actions would you like to see happen?
  3. What assistance is needed by you/ your group / your business to reach net zero emissions by 2030?
  4. What is the role of Council in helping to deliver a net zero emissions community?
  5. What else would you like to tell us?

Email: with Draft Ballarat Net Zero Emissions Plan in the subject line.

Post: Letter addressed to Carbon Neutrality Sustainable Officer and can be mailed to Post Office Box 655 Ballarat VIC 3353 quoting the reference Draft Ballarat Net Zero Emissions Plan.

Submissions are invited and will be received by Council until 5pm Sunday 28 August 2022.