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

ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium media release

ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium media release

Energy Bill Shock inevitable as electricity prices in ACT rise by 18.95 per cent Low income consumers in the ACT have today been dealt a massive blow the ACT Energy Policy Consortium said. The ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has announced that the regulated price of electricity will increase by 18.95 per cent […]

Waste market sounding encouraging greenhouse gases?

Waste market sounding encouraging greenhouse gases?

The ACT Government’s ‘market sounding’ on waste does not prioritise reducing waste or increasing recycling while it provides support for incineration or biogas or other greenhouse gas emitting ‘energy from waste’ proposals. Energy from waste is backed up in the document with the proposal: “A feed-in tariff may be offered for the renewable portion of […]

Joy Burch speaks on Foy proposal and resident follow up letter

Joy Burch speaks on Foy proposal and resident follow up letter

Hello Joy, I was very heartened to see you speak in the Assembly Wednesday 15 February 2017 expressing your concerns with the FOY proposal in Hume. I’m not sure how much you and your staff already know about the proposal, but apart from the health and safety concerns, there are several relevant facts that are […]

Why would we convert plastic to fuel?

Why would we convert plastic to fuel?

The draft terms of reference for the proposed plastics to fuels plant at Hume do not address the issue of whether the industry should be located in the ACT at all. While the panel will go some way to looking at health impacts of pollution on local residents and the potential impact of disasters the panel is […]

Peak community groups write to parties on climate change

Peak community groups write to parties on climate change

9 December 2016 Andrew Barr, MLA, Chief Minister Alistair Coe, MLA, Leader of the Opposition Shane Rattenbury, MLA, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Dear Chief Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Select Committee “Canberra – Our Pathway to Zero Net Emissions” One of the highlights of the ACT […]

Climate change – thank you and path ahead

Climate change – thank you and path ahead

The environmental high point of the 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election was that all three parties in the Assembly broadly agreed on climate change targets. Labor, Liberal and Greens supported 100% electricity from renewable energy by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2050 at the latest (with the Greens calling for a 2030 target). The […]

Election transport policies from the incumbents

Election transport policies from the incumbents

Light rail has been successful in lifting the profile of transport, even public transport, in the 2016 ACT election campaign. In terms of the Conservation Council’s policies light rail gets a tick because it can assist development of a more compact city and it is another step to reduce the expansion of the city. At the […]

Climate change action needs to go beyond politics

Climate change action needs to go beyond politics

The ACT Greens have announced measures to transition Canberra away from gas including stopping new gas infrastructure; removing incentives to install gas appliances; setting minimum standards for new gas appliances; mandating that replacement hot water systems must not be gas; and changing Building Code requirements to prohibit gas hot water services in new houses. If […]

Local all-party support on climate change action

Local all-party support on climate change action

ACT Government policy on greenhouse gas emissions and electricity from renewable energy has made the ACT a leader both nationally and internationally. What really stands out now is that finally goals for strong action have all-party support. On 29 August Jeremy Hanson MLA, leader of the Canberra Liberals, committed to support the current 100% renewable […]