Annie Nolan is Noosa Council's Carbon Reduction Officer and leads Council's program to achieve zero net emissions from Council activities by 2026.
She is also undertaking a PhD to research the uptake of greenhouse gas reduction actions by small to medium businesses in regional areas.
Part of this research will use surveys and followup in depth interviews. Zero Emissions Noosa and Annie have agreed to collaborate on the survey work, and is planned to commence after the first round of community consultations for the Roadmap Project.
It is planned to have the initial survey work completed in time for inclusion in the final report of the Roadmap Project.
Here's a draft abstract:
Recent global action on climate change has culminated in 2015 with the signing of the “Paris Agreement” whereby global leaders including Australia, have committed to keeping global temperature rise well below 2 degrees below pre-industrial levels. The scientific community recognises that to achieve this goal, developed countries would need to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to zero by 2050. Australia is a signatory to the Paris agreement and has implemented a number of initiatives to meet Australia’s stated emission reduction goals. Many State and local governments have committed to achieving zero net emissions by 2050 or before. In order to achieve these goals all sectors of the economy must implement effective greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) comprise more than 95% of all businesses in Australia. Whilst individually their carbon footprint is small, cumulatively SMEs contribute significantly to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and therefore need to reduce their emissions if Australia is to achieve its targets. There is very little research on the engagement of SMEs in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, in particular regional SMEs in Australia. This research will identify what initiatives SMES in 2 regional areas are undertaking to reduce their emissions and why. Underpinning this research is the Theory of Planned Behaviour which will be explored to identify the barriers and drivers for SMEs to implement GHG reduction initiatives. The research will utilise a mixed method design comprising a quantitative survey techniques and a select number of qualitative interviews to answer the research questions. The outcomes of this research will add to the academic literature on engagement of SMEs in the climate change mitigation agenda. It will also provide a set of guidelines for policy makers to implement programs to achieve the most effective GHG emission reductions.