Sustainability and TBL
The ACT Government is committed to pursuing sustainability across all of its policies and programs. The ACT’s approach to sustainability is set out in its key policy document, People, Place, Prosperity, which was revised in 2009.
Triple Bottom Line Assessment Framework
The TBL Assessment Framework provides a logical framework for identifying and intergrating social, environmental and economic factors into the policy development cycle by ensuring that decisions are informed by assessments of all potential impacts.
Since March 2013 Triple Bottom Line assessments have been a standing requirement for preparing most types of Cabinet submissions. Climate change impact assessments are integrated into the TBL Assessment Framework.
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Framework for Infrastructure
This Framework guides assessment of the vulnerability of the Australian Capital Territory’s infrastructure to climate change.
The Framework aims to formally integrate climate change risk assessment into government decision making and planning. The Framework recognises that infrastructure has a long life span or ‘design life’. It also recognises that climate change assessment, at strategic points in the decision making process, will be vital to the delivery of effective and efficient infrastructure over the coming decades.
The Framework builds on the existing risk management framework used by the ACT Government. The frameworks follow the steps described in the Risk Management Standards (AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009).
Triple Bottom Line Reporting
An essential step in pursuing sustainability is transparent reporting, and the ACT Government has committed to inculding triple bottom line agency reporting as part of the preparation of annunal reports.
Measuring ACT electricity emissions
The Environment and Planning Directorate has developed a method of calculating the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from electricity use in the ACT. The electricity emissions factor measures the tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions released per megawatt hour of electricity used in the ACT. This emissions factor is different from that published by the Australian Government because it accounts for the implementation of the ACT’s Renewable Energy Target.