A new report has revealed that Canberra – at least the Australian Capital Territory rather than the federal government – is on track to achieve its emissions reduction target of a 40 per cent cut on 1990 levels by 2020, with the average resident in Australia’s capital now producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions each year than in 1990.
The Interim Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report, released on Wednesday, shows total Territory emissions – of which electricity continues to be the largest source (59%) – fell by 8 per cent between 2011-12 and 2013-14.
In a statement announcing the results of the report, ACT environment minister Simon Corbell said that a reduction in the Territory’s electricity emissions had been driven a cut of electricity demand by 3.4 per cent and the ACT’s roll-out of solar and wind energy, under its 90 per cent renewables target.
He said that a separate ACT government analysis of energy consumption also showed the reduction in electricity was also driven by changes in consumer behaviour and improved building and appliance energy efficiency.
Corbell said the latest findings of the Interim Greenhous Gas Iventory Report were a confirmation that Canberra was reaching its “ambitious” emissions reduction targets.
“The ACT Government is committed to providing leadership and helping our community to respond to climate change,” Corbell said.
“These efforts all contribute to our city’s transition to a carbon neutral future and will help to establish Canberra as global leader in green infrastructure, training and education.”
The federal government is aiming for a cut of 5 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020, which equates to a fall of less than one per cent below 1990 levels. It has repealed the carbon price and is looking to scale back the renewable energy target.