The ACT Government has been a leader in climate change legislation and policy in Australia and is best placed to continue to lead the way nationally to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reverse the impacts of climate change.
The EDO ACT offered the following recommendation to the ACT Government’s Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory (December 2017):
- That ACT emission reduction targets and climate change strategies be integrated into decision-making processes of ACT Directorates and division, where it is likely that their decisions will impact on such targets. A greenhouse trigger needs to be including in the Planning and Development act, such that an EIS is required for projects with significant climate change target implications.
- That ACT Climate Change legislation and policy incorporate the newest environmental law principles and legally enforceable mechanisms be introduced to implement them.