Climate change is already affecting communities around the world. Last year was the hottest summer on record in Canberra. Locally, climate change means longer, hotter summers and more heatwaves, increased risk of bushfires and more variable rainfall.

With the ACT community’s support, the Government has committed to a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest as part of its commitment to the global effort to limit global warming to two degrees.

We want your help to reach that emissions target, both through your ideas and your practical, daily actions. Your ideas on how we can lower our emissions will feed into the ACT’s next climate change strategy, which may set a pathway to achieve interim targets for 2030, 2040 and, ultimately, net zero emissions for the ACT out to 2050. We want your feedback on what this pathway and interim targets should be, as well as whether net zero emission should be met by 2045 (or earlier).

Climate change photo competition

How to have your say

The discussion paper and associated technical report explore key topics for consideration. We’d love to hear your thoughts. What else could or should we be considering?

Have your say by contributing to one of our online forums or send your ideas to:


Post: Climate Change Policy, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT, 2601.

Phone: (02) 6207 1285

Consultation on this discussion paper is open until Monday 9 April 2018.


All submissions will be considered in the final strategy and action plans. Submissions will be treated as public documents and may be displayed on this or other ACT Government websites and included in any subsequent consultation report. While names of organisations may be included, all individuals will be de-identified unless prior approval is gained.

What's happening now?

What's happening now?

We’re off to a good start, as our 100% renewable electricity by 2020 target will reduce emissions by 40% on 1990 emissions. But we still need to lower emissions in the transport, gas, buildings, waste and other sectors.

Climate change affects us all, and achieving net zero emissions is an ambitious goal that will touch the lives of everyone in our community. Over the past few years we have spoken to several community groups, scientists and stakeholders to help our understanding of these very complex issues. We have also established a roundtable of stakeholders, including environmental, business and community groups, to benefit from their knowledge sharing.

In addition to the statutory Climate Change Council, which is an expert body that advises the Minister on matters related to climate change, the Government has also set up the Climate Change Ministerial Advisory Group. The Advisory Group is made up of representatives of the community, industry, environment and business stakeholders and is an important way of engaging with these stakeholders.

This work has enabled the development of a discussion paper on the key topics for consideration by the community.

We know the wider community has new, innovative ideas and ‘lived experience’ and we are keen to hear them. Input received through this stage of community engagement will inform the next stage. The final strategy will be accompanied by a five year implementation plan to turn the long-term vision into short-term actions that are adaptive to change.

What happens next?

Your ideas will be taken into account by the ACT Government, and also provided to the Advisory Group.

In consultation with the advisory group, the climate change council, and using community input, the Government will develop and release a new climate change strategy.

About the Strategy

About the Strategy

The ACT’s next climate strategy will set a path to achieving a prosperous and highly liveable zero emissions city that remains one of the best places to live, work and play now and into the future.

It will take into account the planning and transport strategies as none of the strategies can be developed in isolation. Planning and transport go hand in hand, and all need to focus on sustainability. The ACT Government aims to mainstream climate change into all Territory activities, including the way we plan, build and run our city.

The ACT produces emissions from three main areas: energy (electricity and gas), transport (petrol and diesel fuel), and waste (methane in landfill). A small amount of emissions comes from agriculture, and our land use is sometimes a source (releasing carbon dioxide) or a sink (taking in carbon dioxide) depending on how we use it. These areas, or sectors as they are referred to, are the focus of this work.

The climate change strategy will build on the ACT’s existing, successful Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (AP2) because it’s time to set our sights higher and take into account the latest research and thinking.

The actions we take today will determine how easily we can reach our target. For example, buildings, energy and transport systems we construct now will still be here in 20–30 years.

To help prevent, and best protect ourselves from, dangerous climate change, we should make efforts to achieve net zero emissions well before 2050, particularly where this makes good economic sense and leads to other benefits for the community.

We kicked off our community engagement on this topic in February 2017 with the first community and stakeholder roundtable. Around 70 community representatives took part in the roundtable, providing valuable input on how to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change impacts. A second roundtable was held in May 2017 to continue these conversations. Reports from these roundtables are available in the documents library.



Photo competition

Photo competition

We’re running a photo competition to encourage people to submit examples of climate change in Canberra as well as pictures of themselves or family/friends undertaking activities which are reducing their carbon footprint.

There are three prizes up for grabs:

  • 1st prize – $1000
  • 2nd prize – $500
  • 3rd prize – $250

We will be sharing your photos on social media and at community events throughout the consultation. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news.

How to enter

Step 1: Choose your favourite photo/s

Step 2: Post your photo/s on Facebook or Twitter and tag @EnvironPlan. You can also email your submission to

(Tip – don’t forget to give your photo a caption and name the photographer so we can credit properly)

The competition is open until 5pm on 9 April 2018.

Winners will be announced by 12pm on 27 April 2018. The winners will be notified by private message on Facebook, Twitter or email, before being announced on Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development’s website at The winning images will also be featured here on Your Say.

Terms and conditions

By entering the competition, you agree to the Terms and Conditions.