ACT has set a new zero net emissions target by 2045. We are the first Australian state to upgrade its target from 2050 with tri-partisan support. Contrast this with Federal Government policy paralysis on climate change. Plaudits go to the ACT Legislative Assembly. And congratulations to the Canberra Liberals for helping take the politics out of climate change.

In addition interim emissions targets for 2025, 2030 and 2040 have been established. This is great news as previously we had no targets or plans post-2020, except an aspirational target of zero net emissions by 2050 (now 2045!).

All this happened on Tuesday 18 September 2018 when the Legislative Assembly passed the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Principal Target) Amendment Bill 2018 to amend the zero net emissions target in the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 (ACT).  The bill proposed to reduce the principal target of zero net emissions from 2050 to 2045.

The Minister has set interim emissions targets which were also accepted by the Legislative Assembly:

  1. 50-60% less than 1990 emissions by 30 June 2025;
  2. 65-75% less than 1990 emissions by 30 June 2030; and
  3. 90-95% less than 1990 emissions by 30 June 2040.  

The next steps to be taken are critical to ensure we achieve these targets.

Minister Rattenbury has indicated a strategic plan will be finalised by the end of 2018 and this needs to happen.

It is necessary to maintain the tri-partisan support for our local action and leadership on climate change. Greens, Labor and Liberals have all endorsed the targets and all support having open and accountable plans to achieve the targets.

Importantly, we need to make sure our pathway to zero net emissions is fair, equitable, socially just, economically viable and does not displace our emissions into other jurisdictions.

Timeline

  • 16 August 2018 – Amendment Bill for a zero net emissions by 2045 target tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly
  • 22 August 2018 – Minister’s media release stating the ACT government’s proposed strategy will be released by the end of 2018
  • 23 August 2018 – Determination of ACT interim targets for 2025, 2030 and 2040
  • 18 September 2018 – Amendment Bill debated in the ACT Legislative Assembly

 

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