Action Plan 2 review released in the quest to end Canberra’s climate emissions

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SIMON Corbell says that after almost eliminating emissions from electricity usage by switching to 90% renewable energy in 2020 the ACT will need to tackle emissions from transport and waste in order to reach its 2060 emissions reduction target according to the review of Action Plan 2 released today.

“The 2015 Review of Action Plan 2 also contained recommendations from the Climate Change Council for the ACT to establish interim reduction targets for 2025, 2030 and 2040,” Simon said.

“While this review highlights the ACT Government’s success in putting in place a plan to effectively eliminate emissions from electricity use in the ACT it also highlights the importance of finding a way to tackle emissions from transport and waste.

“By 2020 electricity will account for just 14% of emissions in the ACT while transport will be responsible for 54% and waste 18%, this clearly shows us where we need to start focussing our efforts as we continue to work towards carbon neutrality.

“We are going to need to be innovative if we want to deal with the transport emissions that will account for more than half of our greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. We are going to need to learn from other cities and jurisdictions both in Australia and around the world as we look for ways to minimise emissions from our transport and waste sectors.

“The review highlighted the ACT Government’s success in completing or undertaking 15 of the 18 recommended actions contained in the 2012 Action Plan 2.

“Procurement of renewable energy through innovative reverse auctions has been a major contributor to the ACT securing 240 megawatts of wind and solar generated energy. The reverse auction process resulted in the lowest cost possible cost for renewable energy.

“Ensuring that action on climate change is delivered through a coordinated, government-wide model that encompasses policy, programs and practice is key to success in reducing ACT emissions, along with being in collaboration with local communities, business and research organisations.” Mr Corbell concluded.

“I am pleased to acknowledge that since AP2’s release three years ago, the ACT has been ranked the number one region globally for its emissions reduction targets by the international Carbon Disclosure Project.”

The review is available online at environment.act.gov.au

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