Climate Change

The ACT has the most ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the country. The Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 formalised the ACT targets of zero net emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2060 and a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2020.

Addressing climate change requires a global commitment to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, and is a shared responsibility that all countries and communities must embrace. Leadership must be demonstrated at the local, regional, national, and international levels through effective policies and actions.

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AP2 sets out a clear strategy for the Territory to meet our 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets and sets us on the path to becoming 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.

View a status report on progress implementing AP2 actions (145.7 KB)

Community survey

In mid 2013, ESDD commissioned a survey to research community views and issues about climate change in the ACT.

The survey found the community has a high awareness of climate change and a willingness to commit to reducing individual household emissions. The community believes it is moderately or very urgent for the ACT Government to take action to tackle climate change at a wider scale.

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ACT Greenhouse Gas Inventory

In 2010-11 the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions totaled 4.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

The most recent data on the ACT's Greenhouse Gas emissions is from the ACT Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2011 (1.2 MB).

The inventory was developed on behalf of the Government by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC). The aim of the ACT greenhouse gas inventory is to provide a clear understanding of both the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions and the ‘greenhouse intensity’ - the amount of emissions per capita.