Climate change

We are facing a climate emergency. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that we need to turn around increasing rates of greenhouse emissions in the next 12 years to keep global temperature increases below 1.5 degrees Celsius and to give us any chance of a safe climate.

In Canberra we have taken strong action on climate change, moving from coal-fired power to electricity generated by solar and wind. By 2020, Canberra’s electricity will be 100% renewable.

There is still work to do on transport and gas emissions to deliver a carbon-neutral city. And we need to ensure that our city is resilient in the face of the challenges that our changing climate will bring. 

Gas-free ACT

Gas is a polluting fossil fuel that contributes to climate change. The ACT is now powered by 100% renewable, clean electricity so we no longer need to heat our homes and water or cook with fossil gas.

Get the full information about our campaign to transition Canberra off gas.

Our climate action news

Tell us your story about switching from gas to electric appliances

The Conservation Council is developing a new website to help Canberra households 'Make the Switch' from gas to electricity. We would love to hear and share the stories of people who have already made this switch. We are looking for households who have switched from...

MEDIA RELEASE: Evoenergy’s Gas Plan good… but not good enough

27th February 2020 MEDIA RELEASE  Evoenergy's Gas Plan good... but not good enough The Conservation Council ACT Region today welcomed Evoenergy’s plans to halt the expansion of the gas network into new Canberra suburbs as outlined in their 2021-26 Draft Plan to the...

Snapshot: ACT State of the Environment Report 2019

Yesterday, the ACT State of the Environment Report 2019 was tabled in the Legislative Assembly. The Report, produced every 3-4 years by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, details how the ACT is performing on a number of environmental indicators,...

Supporter Survey 2020

Survey closes 11:59 PM on Sunday, 15 March It’s been a difficult summer for so many of our supporters in the way of fires or fighting fires, and Canberrans living under unhealthy bushfire smoke. Climate change impacts have certainly been front of mind, as we see the...

Media release: Community petition shows support for active travel

26 November 2019 MEDIA RELEASE A community petition calling on the ACT Government to implement key measures that will support viable active travel options for Canberrans to walk, cycle and use public transport, was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today. The...

ACT Sustainable Energy Policy Submission 2020-25

The Conservation Council welcomed the opportunity to comment on the ACT Sustainable Energy Policy 2020-2025. The Conservation Council supports the strong stand the ACT Government has taken over the past ten years to address energy in the context of rising energy...

ACT Budget 2020/21 Submission

In May 2019, the ACT Legislative Assembly declared a state of climate emergency noting that “​globally, nationally and locally, human induced climate change is contributing to record breaking temperatures, extreme weather events, and a range of negative social,...