The ‘little jurisdiction’ making a big impact: nation’s climate action capital sharing our renewables story with the world

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT’s lead in achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and its journey towards zero net emissions by 2050 at the latest has attracted global interest.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury will today host a climate roundtable with the Australian German Chamber of Commerce, including influential members of parliament, academics and industrial leaders.

In recent days Minister Rattenbury also met with politicians, academics and businesspeople from Japan and the European Union (EU) to showcase the ACT’s leadership in renewable energy, and ambitious journey to zero net emissions.

“Climate change is one of the most challenging issues currently facing our planet,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Canberra has some of the world’s most progressive renewable energy and climate change targets.

“Today I will meet with ambassadors from Germany to outline work we are doing in Canberra to address climate change. We will explore opportunities for an ongoing dialogue to share experiences, and support each other in our efforts to both reduce emissions and become more resilient to climate impacts.

“Our actions have a big impact in terms of influencing other Australian—and international—jurisdictions because they are both ambitious and achievable.

 “I also recently met with Nissan representatives from Japan and Australia about some of the exciting developments in electric vehicle technologies.

“Earlier this week I joined the World Cities program, a European Commission project to promote the exchange of experience and best practice between the European Union and non-EU countries on planning. Planning for climate change, renewable electricity and low emissions is integral to city planning.

“Several of the ambassadors recognised the support we have given them through our ACTSmart energy and water efficiency and recycling programs and raised the opportunity of making Canberra the ‘solar embassies hub’ of the world.

“Through events such as these, we are forging strong relationships with progressive cities and businesses around the world that are also committed to showing leadership and taking strong action on global warming.

“We are already seeing the benefits of our early action on climate change. We have some of the lowest renewable electricity prices in Australia and our renewable energy projects are attracting business, research and educational opportunities,” Mr Rattenbury added.

The ACT Government’s investment in renewable energy is bringing over $500 million into our local economy. Our Renewables Innovation Hub attracted more than 25 innovative companies in its first year, helping the ACT remain at the forefront in renewables innovation.