Canberrans will be able to provide their feedback on proposals to prevent new gas network connections in the ACT as part of the Government’s plan to transition off fossil fuels.
The transition away from gas is part of the ACT’s efforts to become a net zero emissions city by 2045. Fossil fuel gas currently accounts for more than 20% of the Territory’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The regulation to prevent new gas network connections is an important step in our work to make sure Canberra is a thriving net zero emissions city by 2045 and is a significant change for the ACT community.
An Issues Paper is now available on YourSay Conversations and the ACT Government is seeking community views to better understand the impacts of a change like this on all members of our community.
Community feedback will support the development of the regulation, which will commence in the second half of 2023. For more information on the consultation, visit https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/pathway-to-electrification .
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury:
“Right now, more Canberrans than ever are electrifying their homes, which is great for our environment and for homeowners who are saving on energy costs. At the same time, approximately 80% of all new homes in the ACT are still connecting to gas – homes that will need to be electrified by 2045.
“The proposed regulation is an important step in readying our city for an all-electric future and I look forward to hearing community ideas on how we achieve the best outcome for Canberra households, businesses, and industry.
“There are already a variety of supports available for Canberrans looking to electrify their homes and businesses. This includes zero-interest loans as part of the Sustainable Household Scheme, rebates for low-income households to switch from gas to electric heating through the Home Energy Support Program, and rebates for small to medium businesses through the Sustainable Business Program.”
Read the full release at → https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/rattenbury/2023/consultation-on-key-elements-of-canberras-transition-off-fossil-fuel-gas