Canberra

Is a Power Partner
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100%

renewable energy by 2020

Net Zero

emissions by 2050

1 million

energy saving devices delivered to over 70,000 homes

While there are significant environmental benefits from taking action on climate change, the ACT is also committed to diversifying our local economy by investing in the energy technologies of the future. Canberra has learned significant lessons by leading the way on climate action and we are keen to share those lessons through the Cities Power Partnership

Minister Shane Rattenbury

Canberra has been a leading city with ambitious commitments to source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and achieve zero net emissions by 2050 at the latest. The ACT’s Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has also delivered over one million energy saving devices to over 70,000 Canberra homes, reducing energy consumption and household electricity bills.

Canberra is making steady progress towards achieving our goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and we are currently progressing development of our blueprint to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest—a goal that will only be achievable through strong community engagement and commitment from all sectors. Our next steps include tackling emissions from our transport and waste sectors. We are keen to learn from the other cities participating in the Cities Power Partnership on how their efforts to reduce emissions can be applied in Canberra.

Canberra has learned many valuable lessons through the actions that it has already taken, such as our reverse auction process for sourcing renewable electricity, and there is an exciting opportunity to share these lessons with other cities across Australia. I strongly believe that cities can play a crucial role in driving action on climate change and making our homes, businesses and wider community more sustainable.

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Canberra Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Providing for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and supporting cyclists through providing parking, and end-of-ride facilities (covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).

Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Ensure that the practices of local government contractors and financing such as banking, insurance, and super are aligned with council goals relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. Set appropriate criteria for council procurement.

Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

Implement an education and behavior change program to influence the behavior of council officers, local residents and businesses within the municipality to drive the shift to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Get city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

Consider disincentives for driving high emitting vehicles such as congestion pricing, or a tiered payment system for residential car parking permits where high emitting vehicles pay more.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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