Working towards Carbon Neutral City Operations
"Leading by example, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Carbon Neutral Government Framework underpins Canberra’s target of becoming carbon neutral in its operations by 2020. Anchored by a goal of sourcing 100% of municipal energy use through renewable sources by 2020, the city is also collecting energy consumption data across government operations; holding heads of agencies accountable for meeting reduction targets; implementing sustainable work travel options, including electric vehicles, bike fleets and workplace public transport cards; and ensuring that sustainability criteria is embedded in procurement, which influences the supply chain. These actions have been implemented across the region’s multiple agencies, in 600 facilities, affecting 20,000 employees.
The plan is already seeing results, as since 2013, 44,770 metric tons of CO2 emissions have been reduced from a baseline of 232,000 metric tons. By 2020, the 100% renewable energy target will have reduced electricity emissions to virtually zero, with total government emissions down by 65%.: