In comparison to other Australian jurisdictions, ACT laws are quite progressive in response to climate change and the promotion of renewable energy. However, the ACT’s statutory framework for the protection of environmental sustainability is fragmented throughout several statutes and policy instruments, primarily in planning schemes and for energy and water efficiency.

Policy instruments such as the Action Plan Two (AP2) on climate change guides decision-makers in the ACT in sustainable planning and actions. However, despite these guiding policies, without a broader Act in place requiring decision-making across all portfolios in the territory government to have regard for the principles of ESD, they will remain a non-binding consideration only.

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