Climate Action Now
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 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 more information about our campaign to transition Canberra off gas.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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; […]
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 […]
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. […]