Community surveys have identified that more than 80% of ACT residents want the Government to take a strong leadership role on climate change and more than 80% believe that actions by householders can help make a difference in responding to climate change.
Individuals, community organisations and businesses will continue to play an important role in helping to meet our targets by taking action to reduce emissions, improve efficiency and promote solutions to climate change. Support and leadership from across the community will become even more important as we move into the next stage of reducing emissions and maintaining 100% renewable electricity.
Achieving our targets will require a dynamic and collaborative approach focused on continual learning and community participation. Throughout implementation, community members will be invited to provide ideas to further work towards our targets via a dedicated online platform. The Minister will meet regularly with the ACT Climate Change Council and other stakeholders to review progress and identify new opportunities for action based on emerging information, evaluation of measures and community suggestions.
Supporting the most vulnerable in our community
The Government is committed to working in partnership with the community to support low income households and vulnerable sectors as we transition to zero emissions in a way that maximises their access to low emission, reliable and affordable services.
Community leadership actions
- Expand the scope of the Community Zero Emissions Grants to support community projects that reduce emissions and/or increase resilience to climate change.
- Support and enable community action on climate change by providing tools and resources.
- Recruit a dedicated climate change community liaison in the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.
- Enable community members to share ideas for ongoing improvements to the strategy via Government digital platforms.
- Work with the ACT Climate Change Council to encourage community participation in climate change initiatives.
- Work with the local Traditional Custodians and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to integrate traditional knowledge into landscape management.
Community wellbeing actions
- Partner with community service organisations to identify vulnerable and disengaged sectors of the community and implement measures to support their participation in shifting to net zero emissions.
- Engage with industry and workers to identify sectors likely to be affected by the transition to a net zero emissions economy and support re-training of workers where needed.
- Introduce mandatory disclosure of energy performance for all rental properties.
- Introduce legislation for staged minimum energy performance requirements for rental properties to come into force in 2022–23.
- Expand the Actsmart Home Energy Program to provide free, tailored in-home energy assessments for renters.
- Continue to upgrade to efficient electric appliances in existing public housing properties where technically feasible and assess the costs and benefits of shifting to all-electric public housing.
- Ensure all newly constructed public housing properties are all-electric (fitted with efficient electric appliances) from 2019.
- Continue to deliver the solar for low income program and investigate options for providing solar to public housing.
- Expand the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme to increase support for low income priority households and further encourage a shift from gas to high efficiency electric appliances.