Every year the ACT Government contributes about 5% of the Territory's total greenhouse gas emissions. It might not sound like a lot but we believe 5% is too much. We are committed to become carbon neutral (zero net emissions) by 2020, as a first step towards a more sustainable Territory.
To do so, we have defined a series of actions under the Carbon Neutral Government Framework. These actions track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all agencies. Our main emissions sources come from:
We analyse and report agencies’ greenhouse gas emissions. By doing so, we can provide tailored advice to improve energy efficiency. Government agencies can access a free energy and water assessment program, which helps identify upgrades to reduce emissions and operating costs. Agencies can also access financial support through the Carbon Neutral Government Loan Fund. 23 projects have been funded so far, including the installation of LED lighting in more than 90 government buildings. These projects will save around $2 million per year!
The first trial of pedal assisted electric bikes (e-bikes) was launched in August 2016. The fleet of eight e-bikes are now available between Dickson and Civic for staff to use during work trips.
Our ambitious target and innovative approach have helped make Canberra an international leader for action on climate change.