Emission reduction targets

The ACT has the most ambitious greenhouse gas reductions targets in Australia. These targets were introduced in the ACT by the Legislative Assembly in October 2010.

The Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010, u

updated in April 2016, establishes emissions reduction targets for the ACT of:

  • 100% renewable electricity by 2020
  • 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emission on 1990 levels by 2020
  • zero net emissions by 2050
  • peak per person emissions by 2013

In addition, the legislation:

  • mandates that the Government regularly report to the Legislative Assembly on the Territory's greenhouse gas emissions
  • establishes a Climate Change Council to provide independent advice on climate change issues as they affect business and the wider community.

The legislation was reviewed in 2015 to see if it was operating effectively and aligned with the current national and international policy. The legislation was amended to set a target of reaching zero net emissions a decade earlier at least, in 2050. Simultaneously, the 100% renewable electricity target was updated via a disallowable instrument.

It has been estimated that the ACT needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by around 2200 kilotonnes CO2-e, roughly half its current level of emissions, to achieve the 40% reduction by 2020 target.

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