Canberra

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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.

Media Coverage

Canberra Greens’ commitment to emissions target turns 21. Sydney Morning Herald. 
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/10/13/canberra-greens-commitment-emissions-targets-turns-21/

Canberrans more optimistic about large-scale renewable energy storage. Canberra Times.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/10/04/canberrans-optimistic-large-scale-renewable-energy-storage/

ACT energy target behind half of new renewable added in 2016. Brisbane Times.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/09/04/act-energy-target-behind-half-new-renewable-energy-added-2016/

ACT a frontrunner in renewables race. The Riot Act. 
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/09/04/act-frontrunner-renewables-race/

Canberra joins regional carbon compact. PS News. 
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/20/canberra-joins-regional-carbon-compact/

Cities partnership turns on the juice. Canberra Weekly.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/28/cities-partnership-turns-juice/

Mt Majura solar farm will ‘save lives’. Canberra Times.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/28/mt-majura-solar-farm-will-save-lives/

New partnership to tackle climate change across Australian towns and cities. Invest in Australia.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/25/new-partnership-help-tackle-climate-change-across-australian-towns-cities/

Canberra Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approvals processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.

For communities reliant on a local coal industry, local government can support the transition away from fossil fuels, by lobbying for state and federal support for a just transition for workers, families and the community and encouraging local economic development and opportunities based on a low carbon economy.

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

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

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.

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.

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 energy projects (with location and planning support) so that residents (such as renters) can band together and invest in community renewable energy projects.

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