Canberrans support ACT Government action on climate change

Released 07/09/2016

A new survey shows more support for the ACT Government taking action on climate change and our transition to a renewable energy future.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Simon Corbell said a second survey on Canberrans’ attitudes towards climate change was conducted this year, following a similar survey in 2013.

“A total of 51 per cent of the community now believe the ACT Government should take action on climate urgently – up from 43 per cent in 2013,” Mr Corbell said.

“The survey also found 92 per cent of Canberrans support the ACT Government’s renewable energy plans, and many residents are also prepared to invest in new infrastructure and technologies to reduce carbon emissions.

“The latest survey results reveal that the desire for taking action on climate change is strong and increasing over time. There is community appetite for more information on ways that households can tackle climate change and for the science underpinning these actions.

“A total of 70 per cent of residents agreed they should personally take more action to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Canberrans’ awareness of the ACT Government actions on climate change increased significantly from 40 per cent in 2013 to 58 per cent this year.

“A quarter of all participants provided a dollar value for household contributions to reduce carbon emissions. On average, ACT residents consider $2.70 per day, per household, an affordable amount to pay to contribute to the cost of new infrastructure and technologies.”

The ACT Government is leading the nation on climate change initiatives with a renewable energy target of 100% by 2020 and a vision for the ACT becoming a sustainable city with net zero emissions by 2050.  

“People clearly want to hear more about what the government is doing as well as ideas, information and stories that can readily trigger action, engagement and behavioural change,” Mr Corbell said.  

“Energy bills were seen as the top communication channel for climate change information followed by school, radio, television and social media.”

Mr Corbell said the 2016 survey included additional questions relating to electric vehicles.

“The survey showed that the top three factors hindering the uptake of electric vehicles included perceptions of high cost, the lack of a larger network of fast charging locations and concerns about driving range or distance on a charge,” Mr Corbell said.

“These issues will be considered in developing options for electrifying transport to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the future.” 

The full survey results and report is available at

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