The Australian Capital Territory is set to enact tough carbon emission-cutting laws, the enclave’s government has announced. ACT’s greenhouse gas reduction and climate change bill includes the target to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020, The Guardian says. The target is set to rise to 80 percent by 2050 and its baseline is the territory’s carbon emission level in 1990.
The announcement follows the failure of the Labor party to secure enough votes to form a government in national elections held Aug. 21. The party controls the capital city of Canberra in ACT and, as The Guardian notes, its perceived inaction on climate change may have cost it the elections.