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 has set a nation-leading target to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. The new target stands among the world’s most progressive and demonstrates the Territory’s commitment to delivering real climate action. Advice from the ACT Climate Change Council supports these targets as responsible, science-based and achievable.

The ACT has committed to reducing emissions (from 1990 levels) by:

  • 40% by 2020
  • 50-60% by 2025
  • 65-75% by 2030
  • 90-95% by 2040
  • net zero emissions by 2045 (previously 2050)

The ACT is on track to be powered by 100% renewable electricity and to achieve the 40% emission reduction target by 2020.

The ACT Government has a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (known as ‘AP2’) and a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and has a target of achieving carbon neutrality in its operations by 2020.

The Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment released an AP2 implementation status report in September 2017. Government’s 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 on 13 22 81.