Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing us today. Scientific evidence tells us that increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere as a result of human activities are having a profound effect on our climate and oceans and the Earth’s systems.

Addressing the challenges of climate change requires all of us to act—individuals, households, schools, community groups, business and government. Together we can make a big difference.

ACT action on climate change

The ACT Government has a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (known as ‘AP2’) and a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The ACT Government has also committed to net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. .

The ACT is a world leader in taking action on climate change. We have the most ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the country and are among the leading regions in the world. These targets are designed to keep us on track towards a resilient, zero emissions future for the ACT.

The targets as set in the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 are:

  • 100% renewable electricity by 2020
  • 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2020
  • zero net emissions by 2050
  • per person greenhouse gas emissions are to peak by 2013, then decline.

Government further supports efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting a goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050 “at the latest”. The ACT Government also has a target of achieving carbon neutrality in its operations by 2020.

We are on track to be powered by 100% renewable electricity and to achieve the 40% emission reduction target by 2020. Per person emissions have declined each year since 2011-12.

Responding to a ministerial direction audit the actions in our new climate change strategy and action plan, the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment released an implementation status report in September 2017. Our response to the report was released in February 2018.

Be part of the journey

We can all be part of building a resilient, zero emissions future. To find out how you can take action on climate change, visit the Actsmart website - the ACT Government’s online sustainability hub. You’ll find practical information, online tools and free programs and services to help you reduce your carbon emissions at home, work and school.

For more information

Find out more about the ACT’s climate change strategies and what Government is doing on climate change.

For information on projected climate change impacts in the ACT visit the Actsmart website.

Contact the ACT Climate Change Policy team by email at or by calling Access Canberra 13 22 81.