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

Good news: ACT to have 100% renewable electricity by 2020

Good news: ACT to have 100% renewable electricity by 2020

The Conservation Council welcomes the 23 August 2016 announcement [see below] that the ACT is on track and will meet its target for 100% electricity from renewable energy by 2020. A key question now is whether the Canberra Liberals will confirm their support for this renewable energy target. In May this year they supported Government […]

Towards a smarter, sustainable Canberra – governance for sustainability

Towards a smarter, sustainable Canberra – governance for sustainability

The Conservation Council has produced policies around our focus areas leading up to the October 2016 ACT election Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Australia’s cities and towns of the future must successfully integrate the needs of people, the built […]

Investing in renewable energy benefits ACT community

Investing in renewable energy benefits ACT community

On 4 March 2016, ACT Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell announced the Sapphire Wind farm project had won the final reverse-auction to supply wind power that will power 48,000 Canberra homes. Recently there has been some debate over the environmental benefits and whether renewable energy for Canberra is worth the cost. Stephen Bygrave, CEO […]