In 2018 the ACT Government adopted updated emission reduction targets based on the latest climate science. These targets align with the emission reductions needed to implement the Paris Agreement.
The ACT's targets are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels) by:
- 40% by 2020
- 50 to 60% by 2025
- 65 to 75% by 2030
- 90 to 95% by 2040 and
- 100% (net zero emissions) by 2045.
These are some of the most ambitious targets in both Australia and the world. The adoption of these targets was based on advice from the ACT Climate Change Council.
A new climate change strategy will be developed to guide progress towards each emissions reduction target. The ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025 sets a pathway towards the 2025 target.
The ACT also has a target of a 100% renewable electricity supply from 2020. This transition enables the ACT to achieve our first emissions reduction target of 40% by 2020. The emission reduction targets and the 100% renewable electricity commitment are legislated under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010.