Canberra in 2045 will be a smart, modern and highly liveable net zero emissions city which is leading by example to address the global challenge of climate change.

To build this future, immediate action is needed to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change. Our climate is already changing and the necessary adjustments to how we live, work and play will take time. As a prosperous, educated and progressive community, we are ideally placed to show the world how to meet this global challenge.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has made good progress on climate change action in recent years. We are internationally recognised for being on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2020, and for our world leading greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, including a 40% reduction in emissions by 2020. Achieving these targets is driving innovation in energy and transport industries, helping businesses and households save energy costs, improving government productivity and introducing new technologies and practices to the community

This strategy 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. The actions have been developed with the community and stakeholders and are focused on:

  • meeting the 2025 target
  • building resilience to climate change impacts
  • ensuring we don’t ‘lock in’ future emissions
  • laying the foundations for achieving net zero emissions.

This strategy replaces the previous Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2 (2012) and the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (2016) and 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.

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