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still compiled two years in arrears. This is a testament to our commitment to accurate and timely reporting on and monitoring of progress towards our greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. By doing this we are ensuring greater transparency and accountability in emissions reporting, and we will have a substantially better understanding of the immediate effects of our mitigation actions and progress. This latest inventory is also compiled using best practice methodology.

The figures presented in the report are based on revised data, as is the required method for greenhouse gas accounting. Only minor adjustments have been made to previous years. The reductions in emissions this year should be the beginning of major reductions as we approach 2020. Beyond that, the goal is to become a net zero emissions territory.

I commend the report to the Assembly.

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act—Minister’s annual report 2016-17

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (3.57): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, pursuant to subsection 15(3)—Minister’s annual report 2016-17.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I am pleased to table the 2016-17 minister’s annual report under section 15 of the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010. This report is coordinated annually by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate with input from all ACT directorates.

This report sets out the actions taken in 2016-17 by the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability under the act, the effectiveness of government actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the findings of a cost-benefit analysis of government policies and programs implemented to meet the climate change targets in the act.

In addition, within the minister’s annual report I present a summary of greenhouse gas emissions from all ACT government operations for 2016-17. Section 15 of the act requires the minister to table this coordinated report within six months of the end of each financial year. Today I present this annual report for members’ information.

This year I am pleased to report that all directorates are embracing the move to increased energy efficiency in their operations and many are including renewable

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