What Government is doing
The ACT Government is an international leader with climate change mitigation. We have some of the most ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets in Australia and are up there with other leading countries. The latest science indicates it’s past the time for governments and the public to just cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The message is clear that both mitigation and adaptation responses are necessary. We must plan for infrastructure that will offer protection from a significantly changed climate. The ACT Government is now progressing a climate change adaptation and resilience response. This sets the strategic pathway to a climate change ready city.
Whilst working towards improving emissions and adaptation in the broader community, the ACT Government is looking internally to lead by example. 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.
For more information on how our Government is leading the way on climate change for a more sustainable city, visit Actsmart, an online hub of information for individuals, schools, businesses and the community as a whole.
- 2015 Summary Report on implementing the Carbon Neutral Government Framework
- 100% Renewable energy target
- Fact sheet: Canberra’s key climate change policies and programs
Climate Action Roundtable
Australian states, territories and capital cities are engaged in taking action on climate change. There is a significant opportunity for Australian sub-national governments to share knowledge, address common challenges and work together on climate change mitigation and adaptation. On 26 August 2016, Canberra hosted the first Climate Action Roundtable, this meeting marked the commitment for real action on climate change at a local level across Australia.
The second climate action roundtable was held on 23 and 24 February 2017. The key outcome from the meeting was an agreement to a work plan focussing on an energy efficient built environment, the transition to renewable energy including energy storage and low emission vehicles and partnership opportunities.
The communiqué details the outcome of the meeting.