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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . .

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Location Gas consumption (MJ) T CO2-e Woden Library 656,426.84 42.23 Dickson Motor Vehicle Registry 619,474.54 39.85 Belconnen Library 609,134.98 39.19 Stromlo Depot 51,344.76 3.30

** North Building HVAC was upgraded to electric in the second half of 2017.

(5) As per the response to question 4.

(6) ACT Property Group pursue opportunities to transition away from natural gas as part of any mechanical services upgrades, in line with the Carbon Neutral Framework. This may include projects under the ACT Government Capital Works program and ACT Property Group capital upgrades and planned works programs.

When new mechanical upgrades are considered, design consultants are briefed on costs of electricity and natural gas, the Carbon Neutral Framework and the 100% renewable electricity target. Consultants then take life cycle costs and carbon emissions into their design recommendations with a preference to transition to electricity where feasible.

(7) There are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account for ACT Property Group properties to be entirely gas free, including:

      •     technical limitations of current electric heating technology in the Canberra climate will require gas heating to remain at some properties for the foreseeable future;

      •     the remaining life cycle of gas heating equipment in some ACT Property Group sites is greater than 15 years and it would be uneconomical to replace equipment until the end of its working life; and

      •     electrical load of existing electric heating units will require significant electrical upgrades and potentially ActewAGL distribution transformer/sub-station upgrades at some sites.

Environment—weed trees (Question No 906)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:

(1) What are the current restrictions on the sale of weed trees, in particular, non-endemic species, in the ACT.

(2) What is the current list of weed trees and their status.

(3) Has the ACT Government considered further restrictions on the sale of the Chinese Elm.

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