The Low Carbon Living program supports individuals, organisations and communities to take real action to reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate the threat of climate change.

This site provides visitors and residents with a unique opportunity to support local businesses who are working to reduce their carbon footprint. 

How the program works

Whether you’re a householder or a business owner, the basic steps are the same:
  • Use our carbon calculator to measure your emissions footprint.
  • Receive a detailed report explaining your emissions footprint, including customised recommendations and an action plan to help you lower your energy, waste and water use and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Take action and save!

Business Ratings

To become part of the rated membership program, businesses are:

  • Audited for their energy, water and waste usage.
  • Assessed on the actions they have taken to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Advised on how they can become more efficient in using energy, waste and water.
  • Audited again to calculate their emissions reduction, and awarded an updated rating.

Many members have been given gold, silver or bronze ratings to indicate their achievements. A gold rating means a 75% improvement in carbon reduction, which is a great achievement.

Support the program

The businesses in the program include hotels, restaurants, cafes, transport and experience providers.  

By using the services of businesses who have reduced their carbon footprint you can reduce yours.  You not only reduce your own footprint, but you also encourage businesses to continue to reduce their carbon footprint– helping to protect the beautiful, yet vulnerable environment in which you live or are visiting.

To find out more about what you could also be doing at your home, visit the blog and directory sections of this website. Here you can find out what great things are being done around the country.