ACT greenhouse gas emissions
The ACT has an emissions reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. This is one of the most ambitious targets in Australia and compares favourably with the targets of many cities internationally. The most recent emissions data for the ACT is available in the 2014-15 Inventory Report
ACT per person emissions target reached
This latest inventory demonstrates that the ACT has met its first legislated emissions reduction target of peaking per person emissions by 30 June 2013. At their peak in 2005-06, the ACT emitted 12.72 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) per person. In 2014-15 this figure is 9.97 tonnes CO2-e per person. This is a slight increase on 2013-14 (9.67 tonnes CO2-e) but still beneath 2012-13 (10.13 tonnes CO2-e)
Figure: ACT Greenhouse Gas Emissions per person since 1989-90
ACT emissions trends
Between 2010-11 and 2014-15, ACT emissions fell by 11.8% to 3,934 kilotonnes CO2-e. However, this is a 4.6% increase on 2013-14 emissions. The main reasons for this were a decline in the proportion of renewable electricity used in the ACT to 18.5% attributed to the repeal of the carbon price, and a slight rise in the demand for electricity in the ACT. ACT’s renewable energy production increased including an additional 34 Gigawatt hours from the Royalla solar farm. The total proportion of renewable electricity used in the ACT is set to increase in future years under the ACT Government’s 90% renewable energy target.
Figure: Total ACT Greenhouse Gas Emissions since 1989-90 (including emissions from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry)
ACT Distribution of Emissions
Electricity makes up 56% of ACT emissions, followed by transport (26%) and natural gas (10%). These are the main sectors the ACT is targeting its actions towards. In 2020 is it projected that transport will be 54% of emissions, natural gas 18% and waste 5%. These three areas will be the focus of the ACT Government over the next few years and beyond 2020.