Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing the world today. 'Climate change refers to a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods,' (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Scientific evidence tells us that increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are having a profound effect on our climate and oceans and the Earth’s systems.

Addressing the challenges posed by climate change requires action by everyone in our community - government, business, community groups, households and individuals. Although the impact of our individual choices may be small, together we can make a difference for our environment.

The ACT has the most ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the country and equal first of any region in the world. These targets support the vision that by 2050 the ACT will be a sustainable and carbon neutral city that is adapting to a changing climate.

To achieve these targets, the government is driving policy, renewable energy projects and administering energy saving programs across homes, businesses and organisations.

The Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 sets out the ACT targets of zero net emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2050, and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, along with a renewable energy target of 100% by 2020.

Climate Change Strategy

Action Plan 2 cover The ACT Government’s climate change strategy and action plan, AP2, sets out a clear strategy for the Territory to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets and become a sustainable and carbon neutral community. It is driven by our commitment, as a community, to address climate change and an understanding that we, as a community working together, can make a small but positive contribution to the global climate change mitigation effort.

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Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Adapting to a changing climate: Directions for the ACT coverTo enable us to adapt to a changing climate, or to change the way we do things to cope with a changing climate, the ACT Government is preparing the ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The strategy will help us identify our priorities for adaptation and coordinate our work so we are effective in building resilience.

Consultation on the draft ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy closed on 3 April 2016. The final Strategy will be released in 2016.

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Ministerial Statement

On 21 May 2014 the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development outlined how the ACT built environment and urban open spaces will be developed to respond to climate change.

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