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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3172 ..

APPENDIX 4: Incorporated in Hansard on 26 November 1998 at page 3082



QUESTION Taken on Notice on 24 November 1998 from Ms Tucker

Ms Tucker - asked the Minister for Urban Services:

1. With the first anniversary of the greenhouse gas reduction targets for 10 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, most of the measures have not yet been implemented - including the `Green' fleet program, and cash back for water saving shower heads. Can the Minister inform the Assembly why they haven't implemented the measures one year later?

Mr Smyth - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

In November 1997, the Government announced that it would stabilise the ACT's greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2008 and reduce these emissions by 20% by 2018.

The Government remains committed to these targets and to ensuring that the necessary emissions reductions measures are achieved in a cost effective manner. This task is by its very nature a long term endeavour requiring extensive input from the community and industry. However, I believe that we have made significant progress in the period since Minister Humphries' announcement.

The Government released the draft ACT Greenhouse Strategy in September 1998 based on an up-to-date and exhaustive greenhouse gas inventory and is currently consulting with community and business organisations to ensure that responsibility for planned reductions is shared equitably by Government, business and the community

As you would be aware, in November 1997 the Government also announced a range of measures that would be introduced as a first step in the reduction of greenhouse measures.

Progress made to date on each of the measures is as follows:

Phasing in a requirement for all new homes to contain roof insulation


Amendments to the Building Code of Australia (ACT Appendix) came into effect on 1 July 1998.

Mandatory disclosure of energy rating of all homes at time of sale


The Energy Efficiency Ratings (Sale of Premises) Act 1997 will come into operation on 24 December 1998.

Opening Home Energy Rating Inspections to existing home owners



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