Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

ACT Government's climate and sustainability commitments

ACT Government is part of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest network of councils leading the way to a sustainable future

  • Traditional Owners Ngunnawal People
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 431,611
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Net Zero

community emissions by 2045

Awards 2019
WINNER: Champion Award

Our journey

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.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Develop supportive planning laws to encourage residents and industry to adopt renewable energy.
Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Sustainable Transport
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.
Work Together and Influence
Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets.

In the news

Case study

Driving down ACT’s emissions with zero emissions vehicles

14 Dec 2021
ACT Government is planning to transition their entire fleet to zero emission vehicles by 2040, adopting 20 new hydrogen vehicles.

2021 Climate Awards Photo Gallery

30 Nov 2021
View the highlights from Cities Power Partnership's 2021 Climate Awards.
Media Release

ACT Government wins national sustainable transport award

18 Nov 2021
ACT Government has taken out a national climate gong for its sustainable transport initiatives at the 2021 Cities Power Partnership Awards.

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