Canberra ‘s location is unique for an Australian city, surrounded by mountains, forests, grasslands, rivers and lakes. Over 70 per cent of the ACT is open space!
Our proximity to the natural environment makes our residents particularly proud of the surrounding landscape and the Government works hard to ensure sustainable management. Some of our key attractions include Canberra Nature Park, Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary, Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Within 30 minutes of the city you can experience magnificent scenery, meet local wildlife or explore our indigenous and European heritage.
With such a rich natural environment the ACT Government is focussed on maintaining our landscape, native vegetation and animals while also creating a sustainable environment for the city’s residents.
A wide range of initiatives, incentives and education programs have been introduced in conjunction with local industry including measures to conserve water, produce sustainable energy, increase recycling of waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The ACT has the most ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the country. Legislation has committed ACT targets of zero net emissions by 2060 and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2020.
With emissions from homes generated primarily from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity and heat the Government is educating the community on how to reduce emissions and lower energy bills.
Other initiatives include the provision of free plants from the Yarralumla Nursery when you purchase a new residential block of land and the banning of retailers providing single-use plastic shopping bags.
- Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre
- Territory and Municipal Services ACT, recycling and waste
- Territory and Municipal Services ACT, plant issue scheme
- Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate ACT
Environmental management and related services are rapidly expanding activities. Canberra’s capabilities are derived primarily from the presence of key national research institutions such as the ANU’s Climate Change Institute and the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). A growing number of private firms specialising in consulting, service delivery and enabling technologies have developed over the past decade.
ActewAGL is Canberra’s electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater provider and is working towards delivering more energy from renewable sources throughout the ACT.
Recycling and Waste
The ACT Government provides a full range of services to manage the territory's waste. Find out more about using your household bins, household bin collection services, recycling and waste facilities, and programs that help manage unusual waste materials.