What Government is doing

The ACT Government is an international leader in responding to climate change. We have some of the most ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets in Australia and are among the leading jurisdictions internationally. The ACT has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels and transitioning to 100% renewable electricity by 2020, and achieving net zero emissions from the ACT by 2050 at the latest.

Climate change strategy

The 2012 ‘AP2’strategy set the direction to achieving our targets. It was driven by a shared commitment to climate action across the community and an understanding that by working together we can make a positive contribution to tackling global climate change.

Next steps to 2050

The ACT Government has committed to net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. . This work is based on the best available science, which suggests we need to transition to net zero emissions societies by the latter half of this century if we are avoid dangerous climate change. Modelling is underway to develop possible pathways to achieve this goal.

This will guide our work in transforming our city so we can continue to grow and prosper while reducing our emissions to net zero. We will continue to be a national and international leader by demonstrating the possibilities of a prosperous zero emissions future.

Climate change adaptation

Even with reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions, enough have accumulated in the atmosphere that warming will continue for the foreseeable future. The message is clear that both mitigation and adaptation are needed. We must protect our city and its residents from a significantly changed climate.

The climate change adaptation strategy sets out a path to reduce our vulnerability to the impacts of extreme weather events and increase the resilience of our community to climate change impacts. It identifies priorities for adapting to climate change and coordinates our work so we can more effectively build resilience.

Leading by example

The ACT Government is looking to lead by example and is committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2020. Government has a range of initiatives to achieve this, including energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction activities by directorates and the ACT’s broader renewable energy initiatives.

International recognition

The ACT is recognised as a leader, both nationally and internationally, for its work on climate change mitigation. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference and negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2016, the ACT signed the global ‘Under 2 MOU’ (Memorandum of Understanding) that is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level consistent with keeping global warming to under two degrees. In signing the MOU the ACT has joined with 165 other leading cities and sub-national governments from 33 countries to help avoid dangerous levels of warming. More information.

In November 2016, the ACT became one of 17 states/regions and 19 countries across the world to sign up to the ‘2050 Pathway Platform’, which supports countries, governments and businesses to develop long-term strategies to work towards zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including by setting interim targets. More information.

The ACT won the Carbon Disclosure Project’s award for ‘Best Renewable Target for an Australian City’ in 2016. More information.

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