The ACT Government needs your help in deciding on the pathway to reduce emissions

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The ACT Government needs your help in deciding on the pathway to reduce the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020, and to become carbon neutral by 2060.

Time is fast running out for you to comment on the Government’s “Weathering the Change Draft Action Plan 2”, with the deadline for comments and submissions on Friday 2 March.

A quick summary of five alternative pathways is in the table below.

Which pathway, or combination of pathways, do you think the Government should adopt?

Have your say at http://timetotalk.act.gov.au/time-to-talk/climate-change/.

Here is more detail of the strategies included in those pathways:

Pathways and Strategies Actions
Pathway 1 Renewable energy: 

Mainly renewable energy, together with some purchase of carbon offsets.

Secure renewable energy for the ACT, mainly from low cost source – wind. 

The renewable energy could be from one large wind farm, or secured through pre-approved contractors to purchase wind power from a number of sites.

Estimated cost to 2020 – $246 million

Pathway 2 Buildings, transport, waste and renewable energy: 

Range of approaches:

– Energy efficient buildings

– Sustainable transport

– Sustainable waste

– Renewable energy

 

Upgrade lighting, ventilation and air conditioning systems in existing commercial buildings 

Install energy efficient technologies in new commercial buildings

Improve thermal performance of existing residential buildings

Replace some forms of electric space heating.

Accelerate the phase out of electric resistance hot water heaters.

Shift to more sustainable transport modes (public transport, cycling, walking)

More fuel efficient vehicles, or electric vehicles fuelled by GreenPower

Install a 30 MW energy-from-waste facility

Switch a significant proportion of ACT’s electricity supply to renewable energy
Estimated cost to 2020 – $11 million

Pathway 3 Buildings, transport, waste plus gas-fired electricity generation and offsets: 

– Key focus on gas fired power generation, plus

– Energy efficient buildings

– Sustainable transport

– Sustainable waste

– Some purchase of carbon offsets

 

Upgrade lighting, ventilation and air conditioning systems in existing commercial buildings 

Install energy efficient technologies in new commercial buildings

Improve thermal performance of existing residential buildings

Replace some forms of electric space heating.

Accelerate the phase out of electric resistance hot water heaters.

Shift to more sustainable transport modes (public transport, cycling, walking)

More fuel efficient vehicles, or electric vehicles fuelled by GreenPower electricity

Install a 30 MW energy-from-waste facility

Install a gas fired power station in the ACT or surrounding region

Purchase some carbon offsets.

Estimated cost to 2020 – savings of $120.31 million

Pathway 4 Buildings, transport, waste and offsets: 

– Heavy reliance on carbon offsets, plus

– Energy efficient buildings

– Sustainable transport

– Sustainable waste

 

 

Upgrade lighting, ventilation and air conditioning systems in existing commercial buildings 

Install energy efficient technologies in new commercial buildings

Improve thermal performance of existing residential buildings
Replace some forms of electric space heating.

Accelerate the phase out of electric resistance hot water heaters.
Shift to more sustainable transport modes (public transport, cycling, walking)

More fuel efficient vehicles, or electric vehicles fuelled by GreenPower electricity

Install a 30 MW energy-from-waste facility

Rely heavily on the use of carbon offsets.

Estimated cost to 2020 – $18 million

Pathway 5 Carbon offsets only. 

 

This pathway relies entirely on the purchase of carbon offsets, without any reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, transport and waste. 

Estimated cost to 2020 – $298 million

 

 

 

 

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