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Just how green is the ACT?

By Ben Faulks

The environment is something everyone is under pressure to care more about, and if you move into rental property in Evatt, you're likely to be in good company. Several measures are being taken in the territory to improve its environmental credentials – and it seems they're taking effect!

A recent report compiled by three climate change organisations ranked emissions reduction targets in the ACT as the second-strongest in the world. Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell revealed that the ACT was the only Australian state or region to be included on the list.

"I am pleased that the ACT is being recognised by a global institution for our leadership on climate change," said Mr Corbell.

"The ACT's emissions reduction target of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 is equal second highest in the world, behind the German state of Baden-Württemberg whose target is 90 per cent."

The report is titled Unlocking Ambition: Top Corporate and Sub-national climate commitments, and was put together by the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Climate Group, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The ACT was shown to rank well against some of the world's biggest regions, including the likes of New York and California.

This isn't the only good news for the local environment, as it was recently announced that almost 1,000 extra trees would be planted along the new light rail corridor.

Simon Corbell, minister for Capital Metro, explained that 860 existing trees will have to be removed along Flemington Road, the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue during the construction process. However, 1,800 will be planted in their place, a large proportion of which will be from the eucalyptus family.

These species have faced a number of challenges over recent years, so the territory government was keen to encourage them back to the area. As a result, the aesthetic of the region will be improved for those living in Evatt property and the surrounding region.

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