The Zero Emissions Government Framework enables and coordinates a whole-of-government approach to reducing emissions from Government operations in a cost-effective manner. The Framework's primary focus is to reduce natural gas and transport fuel use.
The emissions reduction actions under the Zero Emissions Government Framework are:
- Develop and implement a roadmap for transitioning Transport Canberra buses to zero emissions by 2040 at the latest.
- Establish and implement a pathway to a zero emissions ACT Government health sector by 2040 informed by an assessment of all current and planned public health facilities.
- Invest an interim price of $20 per tonne of emissions from government operations into measures to meet the Zero Emissions Government target from 2020–21, and arrange for an independent body to develop a social cost of carbon for application from 2025.
- Establish a pathway to zero emissions ACT Government schools supported by an interim emissions reduction plan to 2025.
- Ensure all new Government buildings and facilities (owned and leased) are all-electric and climate-wise (where fit for purpose).
- Replace all space and water heating systems in Government facilities (owned and leased) with electric systems at the end of their economic lives (where fit for purpose).
- Ensure all newly-leased ACT Government passenger fleet vehicles will be zero emissions vehicles from 2020–21 (where fit for purpose).
- Investigate the use of innovative finance options such as Energy Performance Contracting as a method of reducing costs and emissions in Government assets.