Achieving net zero emissions by 2045: Community consultation launched

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury will today launch a discussion paper that proposes that the ACT, in line with advice from eminent climate scientists, sets a target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

In launching the paper, Minister Rattenbury invited Canberrans to join the discussion on how we can become a smarter, more sustainable and more liveable city.

“The Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory discussion paper released today seeks to find the best way to guide Canberra to be a city we can all be even more proud of in terms of sustainability and liveability,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Although we are already on track to meet our targets of 100% renewable electricity and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, it’s time to revisit our current climate change strategy to set a pathway to achieve net zero emissions as quickly as possible.

“The discussion paper has been developed after wide-ranging discussions with stakeholders, including the ACT Climate Change Council, which has access to the latest national and global research.

“But we also seek the important local knowledge and ideas of individuals, households, schools, community groups, business and government. Addressing the challenges of climate change requires all of us to be interested and involved.

“The consultation includes a fabulous photo competition where people can win up to $1000 with photos that showcase ways to reduce emissions or depict climate change.

“The paper focuses on the main sources of ACT’s emissions after we reach 100% renewable electricity, such as transport, gas and waste. It outlines preliminary ideas including energy efficiency measures for buildings, electrified transport, and organics sorting for waste. How we adapt to climate change is also important for our vision of making Canberra a safe and liveable city for all.

“Climate change cannot be dealt with in isolation from planning and transport given their impact on emissions and contribution to warming, so our community engagement around climate change will be shared with teams working on the ACT Planning Strategy and Transport for Canberra Strategy.

“Climate change brings risks that will impact every aspect of our society. Scientific evidence tells us there is an urgent need for action.

“ACT Government research shows the Canberra community strongly accepts and supports action on climate change. This is an opportunity for everyone to contribute to future government thinking and action, so we can pursue a climate resilient Canberra, where the city remains liveable for all.

“The choices we make today will determine the magnitude of our vulnerability or our resilience to climate impacts. The next decades are critical, which is why we are thinking about it now,” Mr Rattenbury said.

The public can get involved in the conversation around ACT’s Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory at yoursay.act.gov.au.