Greens celebrate ACT’s climate achievements

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ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has welcomed an announcement by the ACT Government that the target date for the ACT to achieve 100% renewable electricity has been brought forward 5 years, to 2020.

“This is a really great outcome for the Canberra community; the best thing is that we are achieving 100% renewable electricity for less than what it was predicted to cost to achieve 90% renewable electricity,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“We’ve come a long way since the Greens first negotiated in the 2008 Parliamentary Agreement to include a commitment that the ACT should set a greenhouse target consistent with the climate science. 

“I’m really pleased to see how much progress the ACT has made on climate change; with a number of renewable energy projects already generating, and more in the pipeline, Canberrans will soon be able to say that their electricity is 100% green power.

“It’s time like this that I am reminded of the important role the Greens play in the ACT Assembly, as there would not have been the political will to proceed without the Greens MLAs holding the balance of power since 2008.

“I’m also convinced that any future Liberal Government in the ACT would unpick our climate targets, and stall any further progress towards the ACT becoming climate neutral.  

“That would be a shame as there is still a lot more work to achieve our carbon neutral target by 2050, including on sustainable transport, gas, and building efficiency.

“The Greens will continue to put forward the big ideas so that the ACT can show the rest of Australia how to be a climate-friendly city,” said Mr Rattenbury.