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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . .

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Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020—Road Safety Report Card 2013, dated September 2014—Compiled by Legislation, Policy and Programs Branch, Justice and Community Safety Directorate.

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010—report

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, pursuant to subsection 12(4)—Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission—Report 6—ACT Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report 2011-12—Final Report, dated September 2014.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I am pleased to table the ACT Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report 2011-2012. The Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 establishes greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for the ACT and provides for monitoring and reporting in relation to the targets. Section 12 of the act requires an independent entity to prepare a report about the ACT's greenhouse gas emissions and the targets mentioned in the act for each financial year.

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission was contracted by the government to prepare greenhouse gas inventories for the ACT. This report I am tabling today will be the fourth prepared by the commission under this arrangement. In accordance with the act, the ICRC has submitted the ACT Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report 2010-2011 within three months from the end of the 2013-14 financial year.

The aim of the greenhouse gas inventory is to provide policymakers with an understanding of both the aggregate amount of greenhouse gas emissions and the "greenhouse intensity"—that is, the amount of emissions per capita—so that performance towards the target can be tracked over time.

This inventory is particularly important, as it shows that greenhouse gas emissions in the territory have dropped for the first time since the 2007-08 reporting period. Total greenhouse gas emissions from the territory in 2011-12 are 4,352 kilotonnes, including land sector emissions. This is a reduction of 2.4 per cent from the previous


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