26 September 2023

Home scheme earns EPSDD a sustainable award

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The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate has been recognised for its work on the Sustainable Household Scheme, earning the Territory a national award.

Welcoming the news, Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said the Scheme received the Future Cities award at the 33rd Banksia National Sustainability Awards, which shines a spotlight on individuals, communities, businesses and Governments for their innovation, achievement and commitment to creating more sustainable communities.

“Winning the Future Cities award is a huge achievement for the ACT and just another example of how the ACT is leading the way on climate action across the country,” Mr Barr said.

“It is an honour to receive national recognition through the Banksia Award for our effective policies to reduce emissions in the ACT,” he said.

“The Sustainable Household Scheme offers zero-interest loans to households to install sustainable products in their homes or purchase a zero-emission vehicle.”

Mr Barr said since its launch in September 2021, the Scheme had supported over 4,000 applications from households with around $30 million in loans settled.

The Chief Minister said the Scheme was the first in Australia to offer a full suite of sustainable products.

“The incentivised uptake of these products through the Scheme is helping make them more accessible to more people, making it easier for Canberrans to play their part towards building a more sustainable future,” he said.

Further information on the Scheme can be accessed at this PS News link.

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