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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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introducing the act climate change council

Introducing the ACT Climate Change Council

Professor Barbara Norman

Chair- ACT Climate Change Council

the council

The 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.

council members

Council Members

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

council members1

Council Members

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.

act government ghg reduction targets

ACT Government GHG reduction targets

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

ap2 a new climate change strategy and action plan for the australian capital territory

AP2- A new climate change strategy andaction plan for the Australian Capital Territory

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

ap2 underlying vision

AP2 underlying vision

The vision

By 2060, the ACT is a sustainable and carbon neutral city that adapts to a changing climate.

Measured by

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.

ap2 actions

AP2 Actions

Reducing residential sector emissions

6 actions

Reducing non-residential sector emissions

3 actions

Reducing transport sector emissions

1 action

Reducing waste sector emissions

1 action

ap2 actions cont

AP2 Actions (cont.)

Transitioning to large-scale renewable energy

3 actions

Adapting to a changing climate

3 actions

Monitoring, reporting and future decision making

1 action

adapting to a changing climate

Adapting to a changing climate

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.

adapting to a changing climate2

Adapting to a changing climate

Community health and wellbeing

Disaster and emergency management

Urban planning

Water security

Food security

Natural resource management

contact the council

Contact the Council

Follow us on-

Twitter @ACT_CCC

Facebook – ACT Climate Change Council

Contact us

Email: ClimateChangeCouncilSecretariat@act.gov.au