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Comprehensive Climate Policy for the NT

ALEC is calling on the Northern Territory Government to lead on delivering ambitious and effective climate change action including:

  • A net zero emissions by 2050 emissions target (mitigation)
  • Plans for climate resilient communities (adaptation) 

1. Legislate a Northern Territory Climate Change Act

  • establish a long-term emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050
  • introduce a new set of policy objectives and an updated set of guiding principles to embed climate change in government decision making
  • the NT Government will develop a Climate Change Strategy every five years, which will set out how Northern Territory will meet its targets and adapt to the impacts of climate change (from 2020)
  • develop Adaptation Action Plans for key systems and communities that are either vulnerable to the impacts of climate change or essential to ensure Northern Territory is prepared (from 2020)
  • establish a system to reduce emissions in the government sector and across the economy
  • establish a system of periodic reporting to provide transparency, accountability and ensure the community remains informed.

(adapted from the Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 -

2. Develop a NT Climate Change Strategy

Overarching strategy to ensure an equitable and planned decarbonisation of the NT economy

  • no new fossil fuel projects or infrastructure policy
  • reduce emissions in all sectors (agriculture, mining, transport etc)
  • develop opportunities for carbon sequestration including stronger controls for land clearing
  • plan for equitable transitioning of workforce to a low carbon economy 

3. Develop Climate Action Plans

  • Develop Top End, Gulf Savannah, Barkly & Arid Lands Regional Adaptation Action plans (as per Territory NRM Plan)
  • Incorporate community engagement, vulnerability/risk assessments
  • Build local resilience

Repowering the NT (Renewable Energy Action Plan)

  • 100% renewable energy target by 2030
  • develop energy efficiency and demand management programs for residential and commercial sectors
  • invest in world leading remote power systems

Land (and Sea) Based Carbon Reduction Plan

  • develop carbon methodology for the desert regions
  • investigate suitability of carbon crops eg. algae, hemp
  • develop methane reduction strategies for the pastoral industry
  • enhance use of mosaic burning for carbon reduction

Climate Smart Towns and City Plan

  • incorporate climate strategy into the NT planning scheme
  • mandate for local governments to reduce emissions eg landfill
  • ensuring liveability of NT towns