Why it’s important
The ACT Government is committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2045.We have announced our intention to electrify the city and transition the Territory away from fossil fuel gas by 2045. This is going to be a long-term transition; we are not switching off the gas network overnight.
As we move toward net zero emissions, renewable electricity will become our primary energy source – replacing gas for heating and cooking and replacing petrol and diesel in our cars.
A skilled workforce is critical to be able to facilitate the ACT’s transition away from gas. This will include electrical trades, insulators, mechanics, builders and gas fitters. Collaboration with industry stakeholders who represent these skilled workers is key to a successful transition.
While there will be significant changes in these industries, the creation of a net zero economy will also increase demand for skills to support the energy transition.
What it means for you
The ACT Government understands that the transition will be concerning for those working in the gas industry. Skills and job transfers will be an important part of the transition, as will be identifying new business opportunities. Building and supporting a workforce to support the transition is a key focus for the ACT Government.
Have your say
The pathway to electrification is significant change for our community and there will be many opportunities for Canberrans to have their say.
To help Canberra prepare for an electric future, we’re developing the Integrated Energy Plan which will step out the pathway to transform the Territory’s energy systems into the future and ensure a fair and equitable energy transition for all Canberrans.
An Integrated Energy Plan Position Paper is now available on Your Say Conversations and government is seeking feedback on the ACT’s approach to electrification. The paper will explore what actions we can potentially take out to 2030, with a plan to review progress and release further stages of the Integrated Energy Plan in the lead up to 2045.
The Canberra community can now have their say and provide their ideas on the Position Paper by visiting YourSay Conversations.
No, this is a long-term plan for the ACT. We want to approach this transition responsibly and sustainably over the next 20 years.
Renewable gases aren’t presently feasible to replace fossil fuel gas in the mains gas network. We are looking at the potential use of renewable gases for specific purposes where needed.
Green Building Council Australia has created A practical guide to electrification for existing buildings [PDF 8.5MB]. Developed with funding from the CEFC and NSW Government, this free resource provides a step-by-step guide on how to retrofit an existing building to be all-electric to ensure it doesn’t become a stranded asset.