Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3354 ..
ACT have used their unique connections, passion and commitment to raise funds to send much-needed equipment to India and have provided support to the ACT-based community. And there have been plenty more as well.
I can also confirm that the ACT government is working closely with our counterparts in the Australian government and other states and territories to determine how best to provide medical supplies and assistance to those countries that need it.
Once more, I would like to acknowledge the trauma being experienced and the resilience of the ACT Indian and South Asian communities. The ACT government will continue to work with multicultural community partners and individual community leaders to support the Canberra Indian-Australian community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Together we will get through this. Minister Gentleman has tabled the government’s response in the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions—report
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.03): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:
That the Assembly take note of the following paper:
Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment Act, pursuant to subsection 21(2)—Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment—Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the ACT—an investigation of current scope 3 emissions and potential future reductions, dated November 2021.
MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (3.03): I am pleased to speak to the investigation report on scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT undertaken by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. In August 2020 the then ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, asked the commissioner to evaluate scope 3 greenhouse emissions for the ACT, including the consideration of possible ways to measure and reduce them, possible targets and recommendations for short and long-term actions. As the minister now responsible for reports undertaken by the commissioner, I am pleased to speak to this report today.
Greenhouse gas emissions accounting uses a system of classifying emissions as scope 1, 2 or 3 emissions. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions such as those from transport, gas use and landfill within the reporting area. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the purchase of electricity generated from outside the ACT. The ACT has reduced its scope 2 emissions to zero through our innovative contracts with renewable electricity generators. We are the first jurisdiction in Australia to reach zero emissions in electricity, and we have a range of measures in place to address our scope 1 emissions.