Page 1552 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the Clerk, I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of members of the ACT’s volunteer bush fire service who are here as part of the Speaker’s Assembly outreach program. I welcome you to your Assembly.

Renewable energy

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (6.06): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) on 22 April 2016 representatives from more than 160 countries, including more than 60 heads of state, met at the United Nations’ New York headquarters to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change;

(b) urgent action is required by national and sub national governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a rapid rate if there is any hope of meeting the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global warming below 2°C;

(c) the ACT Government is continuing to take decisive action on climate change and provide leadership by committing to bring forward the target for net zero carbon emissions in the ACT to 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement, as well as increasing the renewable energy target to 100 percent by 2020; and

(d) because of its commitment to renewable energy to date the ACT Government has attracted renewable energy businesses to the ACT, creating new training programs, research opportunities and jobs, and growing a more robust, diverse and vibrant ACT economy providing $400 million in direct local industry development; and

(2) reaffirms:

(a) its commitment to a 40 percent reduction in ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020; and

(b) the central role and importance of a 100 percent renewable energy target in achieving this reduction.

I also want to welcome the members of the volunteer bushfire service here to the Assembly. I hope you enjoy the function this evening. Madam Speaker, this motion recognises the broad representation of countries that mean to sign the Paris agreement on climate change and the need for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is why the ACT government reaffirms its commitment to a 40 per cent reduction

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