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. As a first key step, we will be developing a regulation to prevent new gas connections for some new developments.
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. We will continue to investigate options to support this throughout the transition.
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.
We are inviting community feedback on a regulation to prevent new gas network connections in the ACT, which is planned to commence at the end of 2023. You can:
Have your say on the proposed regulation at 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.