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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]