Living for less in Brisbane

Live for Less is about helping you live more sustainably – lowering your cost of living and reducing your environmental footprint.

And you’re not alone, because sustainable living is also a big part of Brisbane City Council’s vision for the city.

It’s called Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031.

What has Council done to date?

The answer is: plenty!

Some examples of milestones reached so far include:

  • A 13% reduction in domestic waste to landfill per person from 2008-2017
  • Over 30% reduction in household carbon emissions from 2005-2013
  • More than 2 million inner city bike trips using CityCycle since 2010
  • 59% increase in bus patronage since 2002.

What’s ahead for Brisbane?

Council’s Clean, Green, Sustainable goals can help you live for less in a variety of ways, including:

Low carbon

Council’s operations have achieved a net zero carbon footprint. Now the focus turns to households: Council will help Brisbane households reduce their annual emissions from energy, waste and transport to 6 tonnes by the year 2031.

Waste and resource recovery

Council will help and inspire Brisbane residents to reduce the amount of domestic solid waste going to landfill to 250kg per person per year. Initiatives include an increased diversion of organics from landfill and investigating innovative waste recovery programs.

Green transport

By making more trips by public and active transport you can help to reduce congestion, fossil fuel consumption and reduce emissions. Council aims to increase bus patronage to 120 million annually and ferry patronage to 7 million annually by the year 2031. There’s also $100 million committed to new bikeway infrastructure to better connect the city’s top employment areas.

Find our more

Learn more about how Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 at the Brisbane City Council website.