National and international activities

Climate action roundtable

Australian states, territories and capital cities are engaged in taking action on climate change and have formed a climate action roundtable to share knowledge, address common challenges and work together on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The third Climate Action Roundtable was held in Adelaide in November 2017. This meeting focused on improving energy efficiency of the built environment and supporting the transition to renewable energy including energy storage and low emission vehicles. Read the ACT’s report on an energy efficient built environment.

At the November 2017 meeting members of the Climate Action Roundtable signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the greater use of electric vehicles in Australia. The MOU will allow jurisdictions such as the ACT and South Australia to take advantage of their joint purchasing power, and to cooperate on other initiatives such as planning recharging points across jurisdictions. Read the Electric Vehicle MOU.

Taking action on climate change is not something that can be done in isolation. We need progress at all levels of government, and by working together we drive change and make the most of opportunities to transition to net zero greenhouse emissions as soon as possible.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury

The important role of sub-national jurisdictions in climate change action – and the economic benefits that such action will bring – was underlined in the Climate Leadership Declaration signed by the governments of Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT on 13 July 2017 in Melbourne in the presence of former US Vice-President and current Chair of The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore. The Declaration showcases climate change mitigation efforts in each jurisdiction, and reaffirms support for Australia’s ratification and implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. Read the Climate Leadership Declaration.

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.