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Fed gov releases net zero roadmap

Net Zero roadmap

The federal government has released the Net Zero in Government Operations Strategy, in an effort to reduce the Australian Public Service’s own emissions to net zero by 2030.

The strategy outlines the approach to reducing emissions from Australian government operations through areas such as property, energy, procurement, fleet and travel.

Some key actions include transitioning to renewable energy, improving building energy efficiency and transitioning the Australian Public Service fleet to zero emissions vehicles.

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said the federal government is ensuring the Australian public service leads by example and secures cleaner energy for its operations.

“Reducing public sector emissions shows how serious the government is about combatting the impacts of climate change, while reaping the economic opportunities from affordable renewable energy,” Minister Bowen said.

Assistant Minister for Climate Change Jenny McAllister said the strategy will change the way the government conducts business.

“The Albanese government is leading by example by making properties energy efficient, meaning they will use less energy, lower emissions, and be more comfortable in extreme weather,” Senator McAllister said.

“The strategy sets ambitious minimum energy performance standards for offices, data centres and warehouses, as well as encouraging the use of more energy efficient travel and accommodation.

“By setting energy performance standard we can drive down energy use and emissions.”

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