To tackle global climate change, the ACT Government has committed to a legislated target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. As of 2020, 100% of the ACT’s electricity is sourced through world-leading reverse auction contracts for renewable wind, solar and hydro power. The gas network now contributes approximately 22% of the ACT’s remaining emissions (around 60% comes from transport and the remainder from waste and other sources), and the Government has committed to phasing out these emissions from the gas network by 2045.
Households make up 99% of gas connections in the ACT. Until early 2020, housing developers were required to install gas infrastructure in all new suburbs, and Canberrans have used ducted gas heating, gas water heaters and gas cooktops for several decades. With around 150,000 households connected to the gas network in 2020, 5000 households need to go all-electric every year for the ACT Government to achieve its net-zero emissions target by 2045.
This project supports the ACT’s emission reduction targets by supporting Canberrans to switch from using gas as a home energy fuel to using the Territory’s 100% renewable electricity.
The website aims to answer questions people may have about gas versus electricity and educate Canberrans about the effectiveness of technologies in our cold climate, and the savings that can be made by going all-electric. It provides independent information about the environmental impacts of the gas industry and practical advice about how householders can go gas-free and take meaningful action to address climate change.
The site also promotes energy-efficiency measures to help households further reduce their energy consumption and utility bills, and directs people to financial support to help them go all-electric.
Whilst this project was developed by and for Canberrans, most of the content is applicable to all buildings that use gas. We hope that it sparks a conversation about the need to eliminate gas from our homes and workplaces.