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.

Media Coverage

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:

Set up meetings and attend events, such as the Community Energy Congress or Cities Power Partnership Summit, where like-minded cities can address common concerns and learn from others’ experience.

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

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

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.

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

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

Ensure that new developments are designed to maximize public and active transport use, and are designed to support electric vehicle uptake.

Opening up unused council managed land for renewable energy, for example land fills, and road reserves.

Provide incentives (for example rate reductions) for best practice developments such as streamlined planning processes, and support for retrofitting energy efficiency measures for existing buildings.

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.

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