What Government is doing
The ACT Government is taking strong leadership with climate change mitigation, within Australia with comparatively strong commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The latest science indicates it is past the time for governments and the public to work to just cut greenhouse gas emissions; we must also plan for infrastructure that will offer protection from a significantly changed climate. The message is clear that both mitigation and adaptation responses are necessary. The ACT Government is now progressing a climate change adaptation and resilience response.
The ACT Government is committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2020, demonstrating leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2012-13 the ACT Government has reduced its emissions from operations by around 20%. This is the result of a range of initiatives including mitigation activities by directorates and the ACT’s renewable energy initiatives. Further information is available in the 2015 Summary Report on implementing the Carbon Neutral Government Framework.
The GreenScene newsletter is a quarterly publication that provides insight into what we, as one government, are doing to increase energy efficiency and become more sustainable. It highlights current work and success stories from directorates and provides information on upcoming workshops, tours, tools, funding opportunities and advice.