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.
What it means for you
We know that this transition could create challenges for community organisations. These may include:
- the cost of new equipment, which in some cases may be higher for electric options
- the space required and whether there is enough electricity supply available
- difficulty finding alternative electric appliances for some commercial gas solutions.
We’ve already announced we will be expanding the Sustainable Household Scheme to support Community Organisations. It will soon be open for eligible Community Organisations to access an interest-free loan of $2,000 – $15,000 to put towards the cost of sustainable upgrades, like a hot water heat pump or induction cooktop.
Register your interest
We will be consulting on options for a regulation to prevent new gas connections. To register your interest in participating in forums or workshops on the regulation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sustainable Household Scheme will soon be open for Community Organisations to access. When it does, you may be eligible to access an interest-free loan of $2,000 – $15,000 to put towards the cost of sustainable upgrades, like a hot water heat pump, or induction cooktop.
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 all the fossil fuel gas in the mains gas network. We are looking at the potential use of renewable gases for specific purposes where needed.