Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Target: In 2020 the ACT achieved its legislated target of 100 percent renewable electricity. The ACT Government is committed to a target of zero emissions from Government operations by 2040. The ACT’s principal target is to achieve zero net emissions by 2045.
Key strategies: 100% renewable electricity was achieved primarily through a series of reverse auctions to secure 640 megawatts of renewable generation capacity. Locally generated electricity is sourced from solar, wind, and energy from waste.
The ACT Climate Change Strategy 2019-25 outlines the next stage of the ACT Government’s climate change response and identifies actions to meet the above targets and prepare for climate change. As part of the strategy, the Zero Emissions Government Framework coordinates various emissions reduction actions across Government agencies.
The Climate Change Strategy is complemented by Canberra’s Living Infrastructure Plan: Cooling the City, which sets the direction for maintaining and enhancing trees, soils, and waterways to keep our city cool, healthy, and liveable in a changing climate.