Buildings and land use

Our built environment plays a major role in determining how we use energy and move around the city, as well as how liveable our city is in a changing climate. The energy performance of our buildings, and the type of energy they use, will affect both our comfort and our ability to reduce emissions over coming decades.

From 2020, the use of gas is expected to make up 21% of the ACT's greenhouse gas emissions. Transitioning to 100% renewable electricity presents an opportunity to transition away from gas by electrifying our heating and cooling systems.

How we plan new suburbs, develop the city centre and town centres, and design new infrastructure will also have long term implications for sustainable transport choices and achieving a net zero emissions city which is resilient to climate change impacts. Government will work towards a compact, liveable and sustainable built environment which supports achievement of our net zero emissions goal. This work is closely aligned with the ACT Planning Strategy 2018.

Government will improve the efficiency and climate-resilience of buildings to support the transition to net zero emissions and build resilience to climate change impacts.

Key actions for buildings




Public housing and low income households

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