Transport is expected to create over 60% of the ACT’s emissions by 2020, with the majority created by the use of private cars. It is critical that the territory reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, as well as displacing car travel with more walking, cycling and public transport.
Zero emissions vehicles offer a clean, reliable and smart option for travel in Canberra. From 2020 in the ACT, all electricity will be from renewable sources – so using a zero emissions vehicle charged in the ACT will result in no greenhouse gas emissions.
Zero emissions vehicle technology is taking off globally. As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they are reducing air and noise pollution in cities. The actions outlined in this paper are the first steps in supporting the rapid uptake of zero emissions vehicles in the ACT as part of the broader plan to ensure Canberra grows into a highly sustainable and liveable city.