Nation's climate action capital super-charges climate action

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

50 new electric vehicle charging stations will be funded and installed at Government sites across the city through the upcoming ACT Budget, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

The ACT Government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport through encouraging active travel, providing high quality low emissions public transport options and encouraging the transition to zero emissions vehicles.

The upcoming ACT Budget will include funding of $456,000 for the installation of the standard dual electric vehicle charging stations across Canberra during 2018-19.

This announcement marks a major step towards achieving the ACT's world-leading zero net emissions by 2045 target, and follows the Government's recently announced Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles 2018-2012 Action Plan.

Speaking at the Bathurst E-1000 Cities Power Partnership roundtable, Minister Rattenbury said this latest funding again builds on the ACT's world-leading climate action efforts.

"The ACT is again proof positive that local jurisdictions are getting the job done when it comes to delivering real action on climate change," Mr Rattenbury said.

"With transport is expected to create over 60% of the ACT’s emissions by 2020, mostly from private cars use, we're acting to ensure that the Territory is well-placed to transition towards electric vehicle use - in line with global market trends.

"As a major employer in the Territory, with a significant fleet of vehicles, it is also important that the ACT does our part in promoting sustainable travel.

“The Government has already begun working with private sector partners to deliver this investment and support public awareness of electric vehicle use."

The ACT government will consult with the NSW Government and local councils to encourage more charging stations in regional areas.