Introducing the ACT Climate Change Council. Professor Barbara Norman Chair- ACT Climate Change Council. The Council. The ACT Climate Change Council was established under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010.
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Professor Barbara Norman
Chair- ACT Climate Change Council
The ACT Climate Change Council was established under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010.
The main function of the Council is to advise the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development on matters relating to:
reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and
addressing, and adapting to, climate change.
In exercising its functions, the Council seeks to:
consult representatives from business and the community, including environmental and conservation entities, on matters relating to climate change; and
provide information to encourage action to address, or adapt to, climate change.
Professor Barbara Norman (Chair) - Foundation Chair, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra, Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia (ACT) and Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF)
Ms Lynne Harwood - Chief Executive Officer of Communities@Work
Professor Will Steffen - Commissioner on the Independent Climate Commission, Adjunct Professor ANU
Ms Maria Efkarpidis- Director, Rock Development Group
Dr Frank Jotzo - Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Australian National University and Deputy Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute
The Council represents a range of sectors within the Canberra community.
Recent Expression of Interest for new members with expertise in energy and transport issues specific to the ACT.
The Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 sets out voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets:
- per person emissions peak by 2013
- 40% below 1990 level by 2020
- 80% below 1990 level by 2050
- zero net emissions by 2060
Released in September 2012
Primary focus is to set the Territory on the path to meet the 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target
Achieving this target will establish a strong foundation for the achievement of the Territory’s vision for 2060
Access AP2 at www.environment.act.gov.au/climate_change/ap2
By 2060, the ACT is a sustainable and carbon neutral city that adapts to a changing climate.
minimising the ACT’s impact on global climate change by achieving the ACT’s legislated GHG reduction targets
ensuring a fair society in a low-carbon economy
strengthening the ACT’s capacity to respond to a changing climate, and
creating a more sustainable future.
Reducing residential sector emissions
Reducing non-residential sector emissions
Reducing transport sector emissions
Reducing waste sector emissions
Transitioning to large-scale renewable energy
Adapting to a changing climate
Monitoring, reporting and future decision making
While reducing our carbon footprint is the primary focus of AP2, the ACT also needs to prepare for some unavoidable changes in the climate.
Adaptation responses will be required even after carbon dioxide concentrations have stabilised because long lags in the climate system will result in continuing change.
The value of taking action to adapt will increase with the degree of climate change.
Community health and wellbeing
Disaster and emergency management
Natural resource management
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