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The commissioner identifies that the majority of ACT scope 3 emissions are sourced from other jurisdictions, particularly from other Australian states. The territory will need to work with these entities to build upon the findings of the report and consider options for reducing scope 3 emissions. The government has agreed to a recommendation that commits the territory to work with state, territory and national governments to discuss initiatives to reduce scope 3 emissions across jurisdictions.

Several recommendations that directly relate to ACT government operations have been either agreed in principle or noted. This response recognises activity either already underway or the importance of government taking a leadership role in reducing the environmental impact associated with its own operations.

Finally, several recommendations relate to specific sectors such as food and organic waste, and building and construction. The government has agreed in principle or noted these recommendations, in recognition of the numerous policy and program initiatives and commitments that the ACT government has on foot to address emissions and sustainability outcomes in these sectors.

In conclusion, the government response to the recommendations reflects the complexity inherent in scope 3 emissions and the difficulties in measuring emissions generated by goods and services not produced in the territory and over which we do not have direct control or visibility to obtain accurate, transparent and consistent data for reporting. The government response to the recommendations recognises that there is still further work required to understand scope 3 emissions in the territory.

I present the following papers:

Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the ACT—Investigation report—

Government response.

Ministerial statement, 2 June 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (4.33): I am really, really pleased to hear this considered and enthusiastic response from Minister Rattenbury on scope 3 emissions. I was really pleased to see the commissioner’s original report. We have done a great job here in the ACT, leading the rest of the country on scope 1 and scope 2 emissions. A lot of people are not familiar with this language. Scope 1 and scope 2 emissions are tailpipe emissions from our cars. It is the petrol and diesel in our cars. They come from the electricity that we use in our homes, from the gas we use in our homes and our businesses, and from the methane gas that is coming off our landfill. All of that is scope 1 and scope 2, and we are doing a really great job there. We are tracking that. We have legislated really ambitious targets, and we are meeting those stretch goals. We have switched to 100 per cent renewable electricity. We are far ahead of most of the rest of the country.

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