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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.

Canberrans more optimistic about large-scale renewable energy storage. Canberra Times.

ACT energy target behind half of new renewable added in 2016. Brisbane Times.

ACT a frontrunner in renewables race. The Riot Act.

Canberra joins regional carbon compact. PS News.

Cities partnership turns on the juice. Canberra Weekly.

Mt Majura solar farm will ‘save lives’. Canberra Times.

New partnership to tackle climate change across Australian towns and cities. Invest in Australia.

Canberra Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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

Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.

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.

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

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

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

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.

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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